Thomas Kuester, Cross Plains/Baraboo

Thomas ”Tom” Kuester, age 74, of Cross Plains/ Baraboo passed away, surrounded by his family, on Monday, March 30, 2015 at Agrace Health Center in Fitchburg. Tom was born on December 24, 1940 to Elmer and Ursula (Kutzler) Kuester in Greenwood. He was united in marriage to Darla Cizik on June 3, 1966 in Owen/Withee at Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

He was a 1958 graduate of Thorp High School. Tom was an avid athlete; he enjoyed basketball, softball, and senior softball. He loved playing cards, as well as playing guitar; singing and entertaining people. He always greeted everyone with a smile, he always had time for anyone who stopped by to visit or needed help or advice. He will always be remembered for his kindness and compassion for people.

Tom, along with his wife, Darla, owned and operated several businesses throughout the state. He was most known for owning and operating The Farm Kitchen in Baraboo for over 30 years.

Tom is survived by his wife of almost 50 years, Darla; children, Tom, Tama (Todd), Jodi; grandchildren, Benjamin, Tommy, Tristyn, Kris, Kortnee, and McKenzie; and a great-grandson, Benny. He is further survived by his siblings, Pat (Gordy) Rolland, Becky (Jay) LaBonte, Clarice (Rich) Novell, and Rick (LuAnn) Kuester; brother-in-law, Bruce Cizik; and many nieces; nephews; other relatives; and dear friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 12:00p.m. Noon on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at the Walnut Hill Bible Church with Pastor Dave Hutchens officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00a.m. until the time of service at the church. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to UW Hospital, Agrace Hospice Center in Fitchburg and Pastor Dave Hutchens for all of their loving care and compassion.

 

Anna Brooks, Baraboo

Anna Mae Brooks, age 75, of Baraboo passed away Saturday, March 28, 2015 in Madison Wisconsin surrounded by her husband and 10 children. Anna was born to Joyce Edgerly and Francis Green October 1, 1939 in Medford, WI. Anna was married to Michael Brooks February 14, 1982.

 Anna was a homemaker, musician, care giver, and volunteer. Anna loved gardening, birds, sewing, cooking and hand crafted projects and spending time with family.

 Anna is preceded in death by her father Francis Green, Grandmother Anna Louisa Rogers, Step Father Emmanuel Tobias, and Grandson Michael Miller.

 Anna is survived by her husband, Michael Brooks, mother: Joyce Edgerly, sisters: Francis Mullens, Kathy Berry, Sally Hageness; and brothers Terry Green and John Sato. Children LaLonnie (Roger) Miller, Robert Wynos, DeAnna (Kevin) Lindahl, Willard (Dana) Espinoza, Elisa Espinoza (Victor) Wallis, Antonia Espinoza (Jim) Stevens, Martha Espinoza (Albert) Womack, Glen (Tess) Hamilton, Todd Hamilton, Stephanie Hamilton/Conley, and Jose Pena. She is also survived by 22 grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. She is further survived by many other friends and relatives.

 Funeral Services will be held on Friday April 3, 2015 at 1PM at the Seventh Day Adventist Church 2100 East State Highway 33 Portage, WI with Pastor Nestor Soriano officiating. Visitation will be held at the church 11 AM until the time of service. A private family burial will take place at Pleasant Valley Cemetery following the service.

 

Peggy Jo Potter, Baraboo

Peggy Jo Potter, age 64, of Baraboo passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully, in her home on Thursday, March 19, 2015. 

She will be deeply missed by her husband, Mike; two children, Kimberly (Bill) Stieber-White and Bradley Stieber; grandchildren Avery White, Emery White, Tatum Clark, Zachary Potter, Cody Clark, Mira Potter, Landon Clark; step-children Tyler (Renee) Potter and Lisa (Darryl) Clark; and brother Robert Kieffer, Jr. 

She is preceded in death by her father and mother, Robert and Eleanor Kieffer. 

Peggy will forever live in our hearts as the angel she was in life.  She was devoted to her family (especially grandchildren) above all else, had an infectious smile and laugh, possessed an amazing ability to make everyone feel at ease, and led our family with a quiet dignity.  This kind, vibrant, beautiful, intelligent, selfless woman was a mother, wife, and grandmother beyond compare, and she was taken too soon. 

A celebration of Peggy’s life will be scheduled sometime in the future.  Online condolences may be made at www.redlinfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to the Baraboo Food Pantry.

 

Audrey T. Hawkins, Baraboo

Audrey T. Hawkins, age 92, of Baraboo passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2015. She was born on March 21, 1922 to Carl and Clara (Lombard) Miller in Baraboo. Audrey was united in marriage to Russell Hawkins on April 20, 1946 in Baraboo.

Audrey was a dedicated mother and wife, she enjoyed caring for her family. After her children were teenagers Audrey worked at the Eagle Signal until her retirement in 1987. She was an avid reader and also enjoyed bird watching. Her greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Audrey is survived by her children, Daniel (Peg) Hawkins of North Redington Beach, FL and Connie Hawkins of Baraboo; as well as eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her brother, Richard (Juanita) Miller of Philadelphia, PA; sister, Mae Owens of Madison; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Russell; and a granddaughter, Angela Hawkins.

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

 

 

Kathryn L. Statz, Baraboo

Kathryn L. (Kabele) Statz, Baraboo. left us on Saturday, March 14, 2015. She came into this world 97 years ago thanks to Mr. and Mrs. John Kabele of rural Portage. She now joins her sister Mildred “Midge” Bulgrin, brother Earl Kabele, and the love of her life, husband Henry “Hank” Statz. I once asked her why after thirty plus years, she never re-married after Daddy passed. “I already had the best” was the response. She was always totally dedicated to her faith, her husband, and the family. Mom was Valedictorian of her class, but back then farm and family were the priority over college. Mom and Dad raised and are survived by Ellie Nolden of Baraboo, Ed (Sharon) of Mauston, and Bernie (Linda) of Baraboo, who gave “Granny” 9 grandkids, 23 great grandkids, and 5 great-great grandkids. Mom was a lady of simple needs. A hot game of euchre, bingo at St. Joseph’s, and an occasional visit to Ho-Chunk was enough. When I was in the jungles of Viet Nam in 1969, Mom wrote me every single day, and even sent some “care packages”. Knowing they were coming kept me alive day after day for that awful year. I always said that Mom gave me life, and kept me alive for that whole year. A small sample of how blessed we all were to have had her in our lives. Love you Mom. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, March 20, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family, and my dog, Honey offer sincere thanks to the staff of Autumn Lane of Oak Park Place in Baraboo, as well as Agrace Hospice for their excellent care of Granny when we could no longer give it.

Priscilla “Perk” Robinson, Baraboo

Priscilla “Perk” Robinson, age 85 of Baraboo, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2015 at Meadow Ridge Assisted Living with her family by her side. Perk was born on June 20, 1929 in Holcombe to Raymond and Florence (Loiselle) Clark.

Perk was married to Bernard “Robbie” Robinson on January 15, 1949 in Mauston. This romance began after following Perk around on prom night 1946 in which Perk was the prom Queen.

Perk was employed with Badger Ordnance off and on for over 30 years. Perk enjoyed many activities during her lifetime including fishing, bowling, playing cards, camping with her friends, socializing and taking small trips.

Perk is survived by her children, Bernard (Debby) Robinson, Cheryl (Bill) Hendrickson, Kathleen Kent, Thomas (Sue) Robinson; grandkids, Scott (Adrianne) Robinson, Sandi (Mark) Haynes, Brian (Shelly) Robinson, Jason Kent, Michael (Jennifer) Hendrickson, Jon Kent, Todd (Kelli) Robinson, Kyle Robinson, Lissa (AJ) Raebel, Tate (Courtney) Robinson and 17 great-grandchildren with the 18th due in April and one great-great-grandchild. She is also survived by her special longtime companion, William Cummings.

Perk was preceded in death by her husband, Bernard on May 12, 1988; her parents, Raymond and Florence Clark; her father and mother-in-law, Lloyd and Mary Robinson; brothers, Raymond, Keith, Richard, Ronald, Walter and her sister, Ivadell.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of mass at the church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The Daughters of Isabella will pray the Rosary on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 4 p.m. at the church. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to St. Vincent De Paul Society in Baraboo.

We would like to thank the wonderful caring staff at Meadow Ridge Assisted Living for above and beyond care making Perks stay enjoyable as well as Dr. Trotter for his special care.

Richard “Dick” Dean Lusby, Baraboo

Richard “Dick” Dean Lusby passed away on Thursday, March 12, 2015 in Baraboo at the age of 90. Richard, son of Rollo and Hilda (Blakeslee) Lusby was born Sept. 19, 1924 in Baraboo. He attended Reedsburg High School. Dick enlisted in the US Navy on Nov. 2, 1942 and was honorably discharged on Feb. 3, 1946. During his time in the military he was stationed in the Pacific Theater. On Dec. 20, 1946 he was united in marriage to Mary Radel in Baraboo. He loved music and playing guitar; he even taught lessons for over 30 years. Dick enjoyed working out at the Baraboo Civic Center.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; sisters, Kay Himden, Sheila Lusby and Sharon Lusby; nieces; nephew; cousins; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Gerald and Milton Lusby.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Lodi. Military rites will be conducted by American Legion Post #216. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Linda L. Condie, Baraboo

Linda Louise Condie, 67, of Baraboo passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at her home. She was born on October 9, 1947 to Elmer and Laveta (Gall) Jungbluth. Linda was united in marriage to John Condie, together they had three sons, Stuart, Matthew, and Bryan Condie.

Linda was a 1965 graduate of Middleton High School. She enjoyed the outdoors, camping, and garage sales. Her greatest passions were God, her grandchildren, and her cats. She will always be remembered as a very kind-hearted person who was always willing to lend a hand.

She is survived by her three sons, Stuart (Gloria Nelson) Condie of Madison, Matthew (Kristi) Condie of Wisconsin Rapids, and Bryan Condie of Madison; grandchildren, Quentin and Kennedy Condie. She is further survived by her siblings, Lawrence Jungbluth and Janet Zingg; her cat, Bobbie Michelle; as well as many dear friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 2pm on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at the Trinity Episcopal Church in Baraboo with Father Scott Seefeldt officiating. Visitation will be held from 1pm until the time service, at the church. Memorials may be made to the Sauk County Humane Society. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Rebecca J. Walker, of Milwaukee formerly of Baraboo

Rebecca “Becky” Jane Walker, 27, of Milwaukee formerly of Baraboo passed away on Tuesday, March 10, 2015. Becky was born on June 30, 1987 to James and Katherine Walker in Manitowoc. She was united in marriage to Darrin Wick on November 18, 2013.

Becky is survived by her husband, Darrin Wick; parents, James R. and Katherine D. Walker; brother, James P. Walker; grandfather, John Drent; as well as, parents-in-law, Allan and Sharon Wick.

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandmother, Dolores Drent and paternal grandparents, Lorraine and Ira Walker.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, March 14, 2015, at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Avenue in Baraboo, with Pastor Doug Fauth officiating. Visitation will be held from 1pm until the time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sauk County Humane Society.

Verna Helen Ciolkowski, Baraboo

Verna Helen (Gasser) Ciolkowski passed to her eternal home on March 4, 2015 at the age of 102 at Meadow Ridge Assisted Living in Baraboo. 

Verna was born to Selina (Accola) and George Gasser in Wilson Creek, Sauk County, Wisconsin on October 29, 1912.  She was joined by a sister Irene and later by an adopted brother Raymond.  There was never an absence of aunts, uncles and cousins to visit with throughout her childhood and later life.

She met her husband C. Frank Ciolkowski in Lake Delton and was married on Nov. 6, 1937 on the former Marshall farm that her father owned.

While Frank served his country in Europe during WW II, Verna worked at Badger Ordnance.  At the end of the war they relocated to Chicago where they both worked for Ace Carton.

Verna had her dream home, which she and Frank designed and built, but they both loved to travel and lived another dream when they retired at 55, bought an Airstream trailer and new Chevy truck. That rig became their home for more than 10 years as they traveled the United States. Their family of friends grew during this time as they met other travelers who then became their extended family.

When they retired from traveling they returned to Baraboo to be near nieces and nephews. She again made new friends by volunteering in the gift shop/café at St. Clare Hospital every Monday morning. She actively served her Emanuel United Methodist Church family in babysitting for children during services and helping with funerals.

The Hood, Dean, and Moon nieces and nephews and their families who survive her have warm, affectionate feelings for Aunt Verna, who knitted, and crocheted afghans for every wedding. She welcomed them into her home and spoiled them with her cooking and baking. She is also survived by sisters-in-law, LaVerne Dean of Marshfield and Harriette Hood of Heber Springs, AR and a very special cousin, Mary Ann Steuber of Menomonee Falls. Also surviving her are cousins, Gordon Gasser and Arlene Milton.  Although she did not see them as often as she would like, she knew what was happening in all of their families and added in her memory the names of the new additions.

Verna was preceded in death by her parents; husband; sister, Irene Moon and brother, Raymond Gasser.

Verna chose to enter Meadow Ridge assisted living facility in Baraboo in 2003. There she added her latest additions to her family when she came to know and love the staff that supported her and the residents who lived there. She knew all of their names and the stories of their families.  As her eyesight failed, she still recognized them by their voices. She was the last of her living classmates from Prairie du Sac High School Class of 1930.

Verna was small in stature, less than five feet. But bundled in that body was happiness and a concern for others. She was a good listener and had an incredible memory.  She made a daily habit of praying for others.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, March 9, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Blake Overlien officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Baraboo Community Scholarship Corp., the Boys and Girls Club or Emanuel United Methodist Church.