Barbara J. Bonham, Baraboo

Barbara J. Bonham, age 84, of Baraboo passed away at home on Wed. afternoon, Jan. 28, 2015 surrounded by family. Barb was born in Apple River, the daughter of Henry and Margaret (Murphy) Gehrt. She graduated from Shullsburg High School and St. Francis School of Nursing, Illinois. After graduation Barb, a registered nurse, worked in various capacities throughout her career at the Darlington Hospital, the Mendota State Hospital in Madison, St. Mary’s Ringling Hospital, and St. Clare Hospital of Baraboo until her retirement. She a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Baraboo and the Council of Catholic Women. Barb was united in marriage to Francis “Buster” Bonham on April 23, 1960 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Apple River. They had six children.

Barb is survived by her children, James (Valerie), George, Mary Pat, Robert (Jan), Glenn, and Jean Bonham all of Baraboo; six grandchildren, Patrick, Meghan, Marlee, Tatum, Elijah, and Madeline Bonham all of Baraboo; and four step-grandchildren, Melissa, Heather, Rachael, and Jessica Sainsbury. She is further survived by a sister-in-law, Doris Blum; special nieces and nephews; a dear friend and neighbor, Gene Maxwell; her treasured nurse buddies, Evie Thompson and Dorothy Huinker, and many other relatives and friends. Barb was preceded in death by her husband, Buster; a grandchild, Baby Bonham; her parents Henry and Margaret Gehrt; her sister, Mary (Richard) Morgan; and her brothers, Patrick (Florence) Gehrt, Paul Gehrt, and Dean (Adda) Gehrt and other relatives.

Barb’s passion was God, family, praying, and preaching God to family. Her biggest soft-spot was for her grandchildren; she so loved family gatherings, going to church, praying, pets, cooking, baking, going for rides, and sitting outside enjoying God’s beauty on the land she and Buster owned and raised their family. She thoroughly enjoyed the annual “Old Nurses” luncheon with her longtime friends and co-workers. Barb touched many lives throughout her life and made a difference. She was compassionate, genuine, spiritual, and fun-loving, she had a sense of humor and a heart bigger than life. A message from her granddaughter so perfectly sharing grandma “I learned so much from this woman. She taught me the true meaning of family. Love unconditionally with your whole heart. Don’t be afraid to eat anything, even if you only have four teeth. Never ever go a day without smiling, pray always, and my personal favorite, you can never say “I love you” too much.”

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Monday, Feb. 2, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 from 1:00-3:00pm at the Redlin Funeral Home, continued visitation will be held on Monday from 10am until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow service at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Robert “Bobby” Dean Henke, Jr., Reedsburg

Robert “Bobby” Dean Henke, Jr., age 59, of Reedsburg passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at his home. He was born in Baraboo on September 17, 1955 and lived there until 1987, then he moved to Bergland in the Upper Peninsula where he worked as a ski-lift operator. Bobby loved to fish and have bonfires with family. He recently relocated to Reedsburg to be closer to his family as he fought a courageous battle with cancer.

Bobby is survived by his mother, Shirley; brothers, Jerry (Linda) and Jay Henke; sisters, Joni (Mark) Matteson, Sara (Tony) Osborn, and Kim (Dan) Hahn. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Robert D. Henke, Sr.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11am on Monday, February 2, 2015 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo with Pastor Karen Hofstad officiating. Visitation will be held from10am until the time of service at the church. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

P.s. Go to bed.  

Wendall Wayne Summers, Baraboo

Wendall Wayne Summers, age 66 of Baraboo, passed away on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 peacefully at home. Wendall was born on March 29, 1948. He spent his boyhood on a farm near Colby, Wisconsin. So that his father-in-law could attend, he was united in marriage to Lynne M. Edwards in the Chapel at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo on April 6, 1968. Four hours later, they repeated their vows at another ceremony in Wisconsin Dells. He was a longtime member of Ducks Unlimited. In his free time he enjoyed hunting; until his daughter married a non-hunter. Wendall attended UW-Stevens Point, majoring in Forestry; following college he moved out west to fight forest fires. Later on he worked for Hein Werner as a welder and St. Clare Hospital as a Security Guard.

He is survived by his daughter, Kim (Tom) Wiersma of Rio; son, Kendall W. Summers of Beaver Dam; three grandsons, Steven Adkins-Summers of Baraboo and Luke and Mark Wiersma of Rio; his brother, Marvin Summers of Baraboo; as well as sister-in-law, Sandy Edwards of Baraboo; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 at 2 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

 

Allen Roy Steinmetz of Baraboo

Allen Roy Steinmetz of Baraboo, age 60, passed away on January 25, 2015. Roy was born February 13, 1954 in Baraboo, Wisconsin. He was the son of Roy and Beatrice (Potter) Steinmetz. He is survived by his children Nicole (Dustin) Kearns and Scotti Steinmetz; granddaughter Jazzmin Kearns. He is further survived by two brothers, two sisters and his cat, Friskee. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank Home Health United Hospice Care and the St. Clare Hospice House for their wonderful car and compassion. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Ashlee Kaye Goetz, Baraboo

Ashlee Kaye Goetz was a beautiful, caring daughter, sister and friend. She passed from this world to the next on January 13th, 2015, at the age of 29.

Ashlee was born April 24, 1985, the daughter of Gary and Linda (Jackson) Goetz, in Madison, Wisconsin. She was raised in Baraboo and attended Baraboo Public Schools and graduated from Baraboo High School with the class of 2004.

Ashlee loved art, reading, movies and theater, as well as a wide variety of music. She also loved animals and took great pleasure in baking for people. Ashlee had a beautiful smile, a wonderful sense of humor and she loved pulling pranks, but above all she was a very compassionate, caring individual.

Ashlee will be dearly missed by her parents Gary (Allison) Goetz, Linda Jackson (Paul Fecke), her sister Angela (Tim) Wyer, her brother Aaron (Megan) Statz, her grandmothers Flora Lee Goetz and Mary Jackson, her partner Ben Zeman, his daughter Dakota and son Dallas, many aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces as well as countless friends. She was preceded in death by her grandfathers Chester Goetz and Edmond Jackson and her cousin Sean Norton.

A celebration of her life will be held at Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo on Friday, January 30th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Memorials may be given to the Sauk County Humane Society in Ashlee’s name.

JoNelle K. Marquardt, Baraboo

JoNelle “Jo” Kay Marquardt, age 65, of Baraboo was called to her eternal home on Friday, January 9, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. Jo was born the daughter of Melvin and Delores (Muchow) Brandt on March 15, 1949 in Loganville. She was united in marriage to John Marquardt on October 16, 1971 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo.

Jo was a 1967 graduate of the Baraboo Senior High School. She worked for many years as a legal secretary, most recently for Conway & Seefeld. In her later years Jo became a Mary Kay consultant. Jo loved to watch Wisconsin sports; especially the Milwaukee Brewers. She enjoyed shopping and attending art fairs with her daughters. Jo kept many beautifully written journals which detailed her daily life. Along with her husband John, Jo enjoyed being outdoors and fishing. She spent many nights cuddled up with her four legged friends, Katie and Abby. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family; especially her grandkids; Lily, Hunter, and Carly.

Jo will be remembered for her sweet nature and optimistic outlook on life. She was a very patient person and was always willing to help others. She had a quirky sense of humor and loved to laugh. She will be dearly missed by all those who knew her.

Jo is survived by her husband of 43 years, John; daughters, Kristi (Rob) Heim, Kari (Ben) Thoma, and Jenna Marquardt; grandchildren, Lillian Grace and Charlotte Rosemarie Heim and Hunter John Thoma. She is further survived by her father, Melvin Brandt; brothers, Richard (Donna) Brandt and Thomas (Lori) Brandt; sisters-in-law, Judy Birch, Jan (Bill) Bance, Nadine Marquardt, and Julie Blaney; and brother-in-law, Mike (Jeannie) Marquardt. She is further survived by many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends. 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Delores Brandt; parents-in-law, Melvin and Mildred Marquardt; brothers-in-law, James, Gerald, and Mark Marquardt.  

Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Friday, January 16, 2015 at the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo. Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 15, 2015 from 4:00-7:00pm at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave. Baraboo. Continued Visitation will take place on Friday from 10am until the time of service, at the church. Burial will follow services at Walnut Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the staff at St. Clare Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital for their great care and compassion.

 

Jeffrey “Jeff” Thompson, Baraboo

Jeffrey “Jeff” Thompson, age 49, of Baraboo passed away peacefully amongst his family on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015 after a three year long battle with cancer.

Jeff, son of John and Patricia (Lychalk) Thompson, was born in Fulton, New York on April 8, 1965. On June 2, 1990 he was united in marriage to Dawn Sugden at Peace Lutheran Church of Neenah.

He was employed at LaMasney Construction for 22 years starting as a general laborer then worked his way up to being a job estimator. He also served as a firefighter on the Baraboo Fire Department for 27 years, before he died many of which he served as Captain of the Aerial Company. He was very involved in the community coaching many youth sports teams and participating in sports leagues such as Tuesday night horseshoes and Thursday night bowling league.

In his spare time Jeff was a very avid hunter, spending many hours out in the field. Fishing, watching Wisconsin sports teams, and cooking were all hobbies he enjoyed and enjoyed doing with family and friends. Most of all he loved spending time with his wife and sons, and taught them all he knew about his hobbies.

Survivors include his wife, Dawn of Baraboo; sons, Benjamin of Madison, Nathan (Kayla Fuller), Andrew, and Jacob all of Baraboo; brothers, John (Sally) Thompson of Menomonee, Jerry (Sonja) Thompson of North Freedom; sister, Judy (Shawn) Thayer of Ashland; father-in-law, Thomas (Karren) Sugden of Freedom; mother-in-law, Jane Sugden of Neenah; sisters-in-law, Carrie (Rob) Killian of Freedom and Kim (Gary) Bunnell of Black Creek; as well as nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; paternal grandparents, Ted (Marie) Thompson; maternal grandparents, John (AddeBelle) Lychalk.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the church as well as from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church on Wednesday. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spencer-Johnson-Schell Cancer Support Team of Baraboo, Outdoor Adventures for the Physically Challenged, or St. John’s Lutheran Church. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

John D. Thompson, Baraboo

John D. Thompson, age 80 of Baraboo, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2015 at his son, Jerry’s home in Baraboo Township. John, son of Theodore and Marie (Koberstein) Thompson was born Jan. 30, 1934 in Baraboo. On July 27, 1963 he was united in marriage to Patricia Lychalk in New York. He was employed in sales for over 30 years until his retirement. John proudly served in the National Guard in Baraboo. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing with his brother-in-law, Toby, hiking, and going for rides with his wife. John was an avid Packers fan.

He is survived by his four children, John T. (Sally) Thompson of Menomonie, Jeff (Dawn) Thompson of Baraboo, Jerry (Sonja) Thompson of North Freedom, Judy (Shawn) Thayer of Ashland; grandchildren, David, Ben, Nathan (Kayla Fuller), Andrew, Jake, Paul (Tanya), Brittany (Mike), Katie (Ryan) Kurt; great-grandchildren, Connor, Emma, Payton, Rayha, Rachel, Ross; and his sister, Corrine (Toby) Goecks of Baraboo as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Patricia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Garrett Kau officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday from 1 p.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.

 

Cameron “Ty” Sandmire, North Freedom

Cameron “Ty” Sandmire of North Freedom passed away on Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015 at St. Clare Hospice House at the age of 89.

Ty, son of Glen and Bernadine (Patch) Sandmire was born March 26, 1925 in Richland County. He graduated from Deerfield High School. In 1945 he entered the United States Army and was honorably discharged on Dec. 28, 1946. On Dec. 20, 1947 he was united in marriage to Audrey Tooley. They farmed and ran Tuck-A-Way Campground together for over 56 years. Ty also worked for 10 years at the Badger Army Ammunition Plant. He was a long time member of Emanuel United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his children, Carmen (Jim Reed) Feight, Karen Sandmire and Craig (Jean) Sandmire; three grandchildren, Shelly (Chuck) Hooper, Amanda and Austin Sandmire; great-grandchildren, Paige and Parker Hooper; siblings, Herbert (Crys) Sandmire, Janet Frost, Vaughn Sandmire; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Audrey on Oct. 15, 2007; an infant daughter and five siblings.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015 at 11:30 a.m. at Emanuel United Methodist Church with Pastor Blake Overlien officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Burial with Military Rites will be held at Blackhawk Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Home Health United Hospice.

 

Edward Kurtz, Baraboo

Edward, age 90 of Baraboo, passed away on Jan. 2, 2015. Ed was born in Greenfield Township near Baraboo on Oct. 31, 1924 to Edward and Hulda Kurtz. He attended St. John’s Lutheran School, Baraboo Senior High School and the University of Wisconsin where he graduated in 1949.

Ed served in the United States Marine Corps for three years during World War II and served in combat on five different islands in the Pacific. Ed was united in marriage to the love of his life, Jeanne Kerr of Portage in 1948 and following their graduation from the University, they moved to Phoenix, Arizona to learn and study the furniture business. After three years they moved back to Baraboo and he became part owner and partner in the McGann-Kurtz furniture business. After 30 years, he sold his interest and retired in 1982.

During his years in business, Ed was a member of numerous service and business organizations and assumed leadership in many.

Edward was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Jeanne, and is survived by his son, Richard (Tina) Kurtz and daughter, Carole (Peter) Paquette; grandchildren, Cory (Tiffany)  Kurtz, Carey (Jamie) Ueland, David (Deneb) Paquette, Michaela (Justin) Yesis, Hudson Jackson-Kurtz; great-grandson, Conrad Kurtz; and also survived by his beloved companion, Sandra Peper.

As per Edwards request there will be no funeral, however, he and the family invite anyone interested to join them in a Celebration of his life at the Baraboo Country Club on Saturday, May 9, 2015 from 3 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Clare Hospice House, 915 12th St., Baraboo, WI 53913.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Home Health United Home Care and Hospice for the marvelous care shown to Ed over the last six months.