Robert “Bob” Donald Bell, Sr., Baraboo

Robert “Bob” Donald Bell, Sr., age 81 of Baraboo passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at his home. Robert, son of James and Lorraine (Kopf) Bell was born March 13, 1934 in Ableman. He graduated from Reedsburg High School. Upon graduation he enlisted in the U. S. Army. After three years of service he was honorably discharge as a Sergeant. On Oct. 24, 1959 he was united in marriage to Sandra Lee Meske of LaRue. She preceded him in death on June 4, 1998. Bob worked at Koenecke Farms as a farm hand and later went to work for Peck’s Hatchery/Alexander Farms. After retiring he went to work for Luther Farms in Baraboo. He was united in marriage to Coleen Potter on May 19, 2001; she preceded him in death on Nov. 7, 2009. Bob served on church council for many years at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rock Springs. In his free time he enjoyed driving his old tractor, attending auctions, fixing motors and sharing his garden produce. He was an avid sportsman, enjoying fishing, hunting and trapping.

Survivors include his children, Gwen (Jerry) Drolshagen, Richard Bell, Brenda (Gary) Bosgraaf, Robert (Laura Zimmerman) Bell, Jr., Constance (Makoto) Toyoda-Bell and Theresa (Alan) Hellenbrand; 12 grandchildren; 9 great-grandchildren; siblings, Lester (Heidi) Bell, Edith (Harley) Weise, William (Mary) Bell, James (Carol) Bell, Dennis (Betty) Bell, Ronald (Bonnie) Bell, Donald (Sandy) Bell, John (Sue) Bell, Susan Bell as well as other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wives; brother, Theodore Bell; sister, Donna Fay Dyke; and great-grandson, Ryllan Carpenter.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Rock Springs with Pastor David Karow officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom with Military Rites. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

 

Michael D. Kubiniec, Sr., Baraboo

Michael “Big Mike” D. Kubiniec, Sr. “DUCK” passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Mike, son of Stanley and Aldina (Ruscito) Kubiniec was born April 30, 1955 in Chicago, Illinois. On March 22, 1973 he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Mike was a proud Vietnam veteran who traveled the world. He was honorably discharged in 1976. In his free time he enjoyed fishing, shooting guns, volunteering with the Boy Scouts and participating in Native American Ceremonies. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Lions Club, and Disabled Veterans of America.

Survivors include his children, Michael D. Kubiniec, Jr., Christopher Kubiniec and Renee Kubiniec; siblings, Barbara Mares, Larry Kubiniec, Richard (Judy) Kubiniec as well as nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at 4 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 2 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Interment will be held on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 at 2:30 p.m. at Central Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in King, WI where Military Rites will be conducted.

Sylvia D. King, Deforest

Sylvia D. King, age 84, of Deforest passed away on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at the St. Clare Hospital surrounded by her family. She was born on January 20, 1931, in North Freedom to Herman and Agnes (Baumgarten) Licht. She was united in marriage in 1960 to Leonard King in Madison.

She attended a rural elementary school and graduated from Reedsburg High School. After spending a substantial amount of time working for AAA Insurance in Madison, she moved on to the banking industry where she was employed by Truax Credit Union, in Madison, for a long period of time. Sylvia loved flowers, gardening, dogs and animals of all kinds. She also had an affinity for all birds. Sylvia also loved reading books of all kinds. Finally, Sylvia never missed an opportunity to shop, and she never found a store she didn’t love!

Sylvia is survived by her sister, Althea (Burdell) Trow; sisters-in-law, Ruth Licht, Helen Liska, Leona Rosol, Evelyn Sanrope, and Donna King; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Leonard; siblings, Marvin Licht, Norman Licht, Arloween Oyan, and Gertrude (Merlyne) Pieper; brothers-in-law, Clarence King, Francis (Rosemary) King, Lyle Liska, and Raymond Sanrope. She was also preceded in death by several nephews.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the Rio Redeemer Lutheran Church, 610 Lincoln Ave, Rio, with Pastor Dan Odden officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 9:00a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will be held following services at the Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom. Memorials may be made to the Rio Redeemer Lutheran Church.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to all of the wonderful staff at the St. Clare Hospital, St. Clare Meadows, and Skaalen Nursing Home in Stoughton for their loving care and compassion.

 

Alice M. Ulrich, North Freedom

Alice Marie Ulrich, age 77, of North Freedom passed away on Friday, April 17, 2015 at the Meadow View Memory Care in Baraboo. Alice was born the daughter of Herman and Marie (Kessler) Doering on August 18, 1937 in Baraboo. She was united in marriage to James Ulrich on July 14, 1956 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Freedom.

Alice worked for 30 years at the North Freedom Elementary School. After her retirement in 2002, she loved working with the children so much that she continued to volunteer at the school. Because Alice loved reading so much she served on the Library Board in North Freedom. She was a long time member of the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Freedom where she volunteered for the Ladies Aid. Alice loved working in her garden and would take her flowers to the Sauk County Fair yearly. She also enjoyed leading the Lucky M 4-H Club.

Alice is survived by her husband, James; children, Mike (Karen), Dave (Susan), Steve (Amy), and Kevin (Julie); grandchildren, Sean (Kristen Jo Koleske) Pinnow, Kyle and Casey Ulrich, Alexis (Jacob) Dorn, Taylor (Sydney Warrenburg) Ulrich, Jaren, Brady, Madison and Caley Ulrich. She is further survived by her brothers, Norman (Juanita) Doering and Gary (Sher) Doering; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; parents-in-law, Reinhart and Eleanor Ulrich.

A Funeral Service will be held at 11:00a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Freedom with Pastor Andrew Meyer officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 20, 2015 from 5:00-7:00p.m. at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave, Baraboo. Continued visitation will take place on Tuesday from10:00a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow services at the Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, 517 N. Segoe Rd #301, Madison, WI 53705 or the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Freedom.

The family would like to extend a special Thank You to all of the staff at Meadow View Memory Care and Agrace Hospice for their special care and compassion.

“Well done good and faithful servant.” -Mathew 25:23

Marjorie (Sommer) Andrews-Rollins-Lythjohan, Sauk City

How do you sum up a life in a few short paragraphs? “The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they must be felt with the heart” Helen Keller. Mom will forever remain in our hearts.

Marjorie (Sommer) Andrews-Rollins-Lythjohan of Sauk City, age 86, was promoted to heaven on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at Maplewood Nursing Home in Sauk City. She was born April 25, 1928, the daughter of Jenny and Paul Sommer. Marjorie and her husband Homer raised their five children on the family farm in Darlington. From there, the family moved to Lamont and purchased the General Store. Later the family moved to Cobb where they built, owned, and operated the Cobb Super Market. The family then moved to Janesville and later to New Glarus where they purchased and operated the Wilhelm Tell Supper Club.

Besides her family, one of Marjorie’s joys was music. She sang, wrote and recorded her music. Her hymns are still being sung in Barnes, WI where she spent the summers with her third husband, Bruce Lythjohan.

Marjorie is survived by her children, Lonnie (Robert) Junceau, Larry Andrews, Cynthia (Patrick) Ploor, Ike (Mary) Andrews, and Teri Conlin; 11 grandchildren as well as 26 great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Robert, Clayton, Jimmy and John Sommer; and husbands, Homer Andrews, Roy Rollins and Bruce Lythjohan.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 20, 2015 at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Dan Lindsey officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the funeral home on Monday.  Burial will follow the services in Argyle. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Hospice or Gideon Bible Society.

A special thanks to all who took wonderful care of Mom at Maplewood and St. Jude Hospice.

Orville Cecil Eyers, Baraboo

Orville Cecil Eyers of Baraboo, and wintered in Donna, TX passed away on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 at the Amara Hospice in Edinburg, Tx; at the age of 93. Orville, son of Fred and Hazel (Herring) Eyers was born Oct. 1, 1921 in Madison. He was united in marriage to Virginia Raschein on Dec. 18, 1942 in Baraboo, she preceded him in death on Nov. 16, 2004.

 The day after his marriage Orville was inducted in the U.S. Army to serve in WWII.  He landed in France 8 days after D-Day, serving in the 103rd Artillery Field Division. He returned home in 1945 and started farming in the Baraboo area and resided there all his life. Orville and Virginia, along with their son, Vilas, wintered in South Texas for many years. He was always interested in things mechanical and collected Model-T Fords, other cars and tractors. His family participated in the Badger Steam and Gas Show from the very beginning.

 He is survived by his son, Vilas Eyers; foster son, Fred (Carol) Radtke of St. Germaine; foster daughter, Irene (Al) Prezibilski of Chippewa Falls; brother, Kendall Eyers of Columbia, SC; sister, Genevieve (Merton) VonWald of Prairie du Sac; sisters-in-law, Lois Lundgren and Shelby Raschein; brother-in-law, Lauren (Karren) Raschein. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends.  

 Funeral Services will be held on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 11:00a.m. at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave, Baraboo, WI with Luther Raine officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday, April 16, 2015 from 5:00p.m. until 7:00p.m. at the funeral home. Continued visitation will take place from 10:00a.m. Friday, until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow the services at Sauk Prairie Cemetery. Military Rites will be conducted by the Baraboo Veteran’s Honor Guard.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. 

 

Nina J. (Schroeder) LaPorte, Edinburg, Texas

Nina J. (Schroeder) LaPorte, age 78, was called to her eternal rest on Monday, April 6th in Edinburg, Texas.

Nina is survived by her second husband, Elmer James LaPorte, of Edinburg, Texas; one sister, Marvel Tomczak of Jefferson, Wisconsin; four children, Robin Bialke of Lake Delton, Wisconsin, Rocky Schroeder of Burlington, Wisconsin, Larry (Cheryl) Schroeder of Antioch, Illinois and Denni (David) Sellnow of Hubertus, Wisconsin; along with many grandchildren, great-grandchildren and a great-great grandchild and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Nina was preceded in death by her first husband, Lawrence W. Schroeder and brothers, Lyle and Edward Ottney; and one sister, Donna Ottney.

Funeral Services for Nina will be held on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 2 p.m. with visitation starting at 1 p.m. all to take place at Redlin Funeral Home, Baraboo. Burial will be held immediately following at Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom, Wisconsin.

 

Darton Drake, Portland, Oregon formerly of Baraboo

 

Darton (Dart) E. Drake chose to go be with the Lord, April 7th, 2015. He was 66 years old at the time of his death and was living in Portland, Oregon.

Darton was born October 1st, 1948 in Madison, WI to Glen and Charlotte Drake. He spent the majority of his life in Baraboo, WI where he built a very successful photography business. Some will remember Dart for his quick wit, ready laugh and his storytelling. But all will remember Dart for his brilliant portraits. If you were lucky enough to be photographed by him, you know what an amazing experience it was. Through his storytelling, he put you completely at ease, which allowed him to capture your spirit in his portraits. Some will say that it was the way he used light to capture his subject’s eyes, but there was no formula for how he did it. It was his special gift. Darton was respected in the photographic industry and spent the later part of his career sharing his knowledge of lighting on an international stage. He was recognized as Portrait Photographer of the Year in Wisconsin for 7 different years. He has had published works in the Professional Photographers of America Loan Collection books and his work was also displayed at Epcot.

“Darton was a genius in his work, but as is often the case, that genius came with a price. Dart made choices in his life that were not always understood by those who loved him. Darton had a dark side as most geniuses do. Some of his most moving images were from that “dark” place. That side of him ate at him in ways many of us will never know. But I think that side of him no doubt also drove him to create works that were soaring masterpieces. So we have to thank him for whatever it was that caused him to create those images we adore.” (As written by his dear friend Fuzzy Duenkel).

Darton’s images were always heavy on emotion. When digital first appeared, he shunned it, saying, “Where’s the “emotion” button on that digital camera?” But soon he changed his mind, knowing full well it wasn’t the tool, it was the artist who creates. And create with it he did. Digital became another mind-blowing experiment that helped express the secrets within his soul.

As mentioned, Dart was a wonderful storyteller, often telling stories of life growing up in Baraboo. One such story involved a worried neighbor who called Charlotte to tell her, “Darton is up in a tree again and he is going to get hurt.” Dart’s mom replied with, “Well, he’ll come down when he is ready”. Darton loved telling that story because it highlighted not only his carefree, fun-loving spirt but his mother’s as well. Some of his fondest memories from Baraboo High School and his young adult life were the times he spent with his dear friends Scott Hill and Craig Sauey, and the “Vikings”.

Darton attended Madison Area Technical School and Layton School of Art receiving a degree in commercial art. He studied photography with Frank Scherschel a former Life magazine photographer who owned a camera shop in Baraboo. He loved the artistic works of Rembrandt, Andrew Wyeth, John Singer Sargent, Edward Steichen and Josef Karsh.

Darton was a photographer for greater than 40 years and said he never worked a day in his life that he just took portraits. He loved his art and sharing it with others. He also loved riding his Harley, bass fishing, painting miniature models and strategic war board games.

Darton is survived by his children Nissa Drake (Megan), Caleb Drake and their mother, Sandra Seufzer Rath; Samuel Darton Drake and his mother, Teresa Atkinson; ex-wife Carolyn Tretina; his grandchild Thomas; and his sister, Carla Drake – Williams (Tom). He was preceded in death by his parents Glen and Charlotte Drake.

Someday, if they don’t already, people will consider Darton’s portraits to be in the same league as many of the classic artists throughout history.

As Darton said, “I’m not a part of this world. I’m just passing through it.” We are all grateful that he passed through our worlds.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Darton will be buried at Walnut Hill Cemetery next to his loving parents.

You will be dearly missed Darton. You were loved by so many!

 

 

Karen D. Terlep, Baraboo

Karen D. Terlep, age 59, of Baraboo passed away peacefully on Thursday, April 2, 2015 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, following a brief illness. Karen was born on February 2, 1956 to John and Mary Cobe in Nabinway, Michigan. She was united in marriage to the love of her life, Robert Terlep on March 13, 1981. 

Karen worked as an administrative assistant for Baraboo Sysco for over 19 years prior to her retirement in October of 2014. She was an avid golfer, enjoyed a healthy lifestyle and was a cooking enthusiast who worked-out regularly in the Sysco gym. 

Karen is survived by her husband, Robert Terlep; mother, Mary Cobe; sister, Shelly Martin; and brothers, John Cobe, Jr., Bob, Mike, Fred, Jim and Richard Cobe. She is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends. 

She was preceded in death by her father, John Cobe.

A Memorial Service will be held at 12:00p.m. Noon on Monday, April 6, 2015 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Baraboo with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:00a.m. until the time of service at the church. Memorials may be made to the Baraboo Food Pantry. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Marjorie “Marge” Amelia Zimmerman, Baraboo

Marjorie “Marge” Amelia Zimmerman, age 88, of Baraboo passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at Oak Park Place.

Marjorie, daughter of Ernest and Myrtle (Leatherberry) Klemm was born on Jan. 16, 1927 in Baraboo. She graduated with the last graduating class from North Freedom High School. She was united in marriage to Leo Zimmerman on Aug. 15, 1948 at Devil’s Lake State Park. Marge ran an in-home daycare for over 40 years and will be fondly remembered as “Mrs. Z”. She was the Baraboo-Parshall-Cummings Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary No. 2336 Treasurer for 36 years. Marge was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo. She was an avid Brewers, Packers and NASCAR fan.

Survivors include her children, Steve (Kay) Zimmerman, James (Rita) Zimmerman, Patricia (Michael) Luck, Richard Zimmerman, Janelle (Greg) Stebler; grandchildren, Nicole Zimmerman, Bret Luck, Anthony, Jennifer, and Ashley Deitrich, Amber and Daniel Stebler; great-grandson, Kash Zimmerman; brothers, Virgil Klemm, Phil (Mary) Klemm; sister, Betty Meyers; son-in-law, Craig Deitrich, as well as nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; daughter, Kathleen Deitrich; grandson, Ben Dietrich; and her brother, Robert Klemm.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 6, 2015 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home and from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Tuesday. Burial will follow at Oak Hill in North Freedom. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church or School.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Oak Park Assisted Living as well as Home Health United Hospice.