James “Jim” Quandt, North Freedom

James “Jim” Quandt, age 83 of North Freedom, passed away following a 10 month battle with cancer on Tuesday, July 28, 2015 at home, with his family by his side. Jim, son of Ernest and Ethel (Dahlke) Quandt was born on July 22, 1932. He graduated in 1949 from Baraboo High School and continued his education by attending a UW Farm Short Course in 1950. Jim ran his family farm for over 40 years in the North Freedom area. On Dec. 30, 1951 he was united in marriage to Gertrude Kohlhapp at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo. Jim also worked as a rural mail carrier for the postal service and retired after 20 years of service in 1995. He served on the Baraboo School District School Board for 25 years. In addition being an avid Badger, Packer and Brewer fan he enjoyed watching golf. Jim was extremely active in the community; he was a lifetime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Golden K; he served on the Town Board for the Town of Excelsior and was President of the Lutheran Bowling League for many years. After retirement he drove for the Commission of Aging, now the ADRC; and delivered meals on wheels in the North Freedom area. In addition to his other hobbies he loved to fish, hunt, bowl, put puzzles together and play cards.

Survivors include his wife of over 63 years, Gert of North Freedom; children, David (Patty) Quandt of Baraboo, Dennis (Penny) Quandt of Baraboo, Donna Quandt of North Freedom, Duane “Boot” Quandt of North Freedom; grandchildren, Brian (Melissa) Quandt of Shorewood, Kelli (Matt) Quandt Eddy of Baraboo, Daniel (Katya) Quandt of North Carolina and Thomas Quandt of Monona; great-grandchildren, Cassidy, Addison and Carter Quandt, Tayt and Elyse Eddy, Valya and Alexander Quandt; brother-in-law, Frederick (Ellen) Kohlhapp as well as many wonderful nieces, nephews and many, many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Ernest Quandt; mother, Ethel Quandt-Hanusa; step-father, Henry Hanusa; sister, Jean Quandt Graunke; brother-in-law, Vernon Graunke; his father and mother-in-law, Harry and Goldie Kohlhapp.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church.  A private family burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made St. John’s Lutheran Church, American Cancer Society or to the family to be used towards a scholarship in Jim’s name.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Dr. James Heun, Dr. Danny Sessler, Agrace Hospice Staff, staff at St. Clare Meadow’s and family friends for all of the phone calls, cards, prayers and visits over the last 10 months.

Virginia “Ginny” E. Fyksen, Eagle River

Virginia “Ginny” E. Fyksen, 74, of Eagle River, WI peacefully went home to her eternal rest on Sunday, July 26, 2015 at the St. Clare Hospice House in Baraboo, WI. She was born on March 25, 1941 to Joseph and Viola (Mixdorf) Goll in Milwaukee. She was united in marriage to Douglas Fyksen on April 12, 1958 in Milwaukee.

Ginny is survived by her husband, Doug; her children, Brian (Jane) Fyksen, Dawn (Michael) Orlovsky, Debbie (Brett) Roznos, and Denise (John) Condon; foster son, Minh (Nea) Lu. She is further survived by 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Jack (Delores) Goll; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:30PM on Saturday, August 8, 2015 at the Our Savior Lutheran Church; 223 Silver Lake Rd, Eagle River, WI with Pastor Bill Trosien officiating. Visitation will be held from 2:30PM until the time of service at the church. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family, redlinfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Our Savior Radio Ministry, St. Clare Hospice House, or the American Cancer Society. Our family extends deep gratitude to the staff at the care facilities, especially St. Clare Hospice in Baraboo for their excellent care and compassion given.

Thomas Martin Mueller, Baraboo

Thomas “Tom” Mueller, age 62 of Baraboo passed away peacefully with family by his side on Monday, July 27, 2015 at St. Clare Hospice House. Tom, son of Donald and Patricia (Shields) Mueller was born April 7, 1953. He attended and graduated from Reedsburg High School with the Class of 1971. On April 4, 1987 he was united in marriage to Jenny Naquin at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. Throughout his childhood he enjoyed making cheese with his family at their cheese factory, Carr Valley Cheese, in LaValle. In his free time he enjoyed bowling and playing on multiple softball teams. He was employed by Sysco Foods as a truck driver for over 25 years. His family fondly remembers him for being a simple, hardworking man. One of his greatest joys was being a grandfather.

Survivors include, his wife, Jenny; daughters, Ashley (Jacob Johnson) Mueller, Katie Mueller, and Andrea (Jedediah) Braun; grandsons, Elijah and Abel Braun; mother, Patricia Mueller; siblings, Kenneth Mueller, Sharon Mueller, Christine (Wayne) MacArdy, Laurie (Tim) Klemm, Teresa (special friend, Tom Sawyer) Rooney; in-laws, Joseph (Patricia) Naquin; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Joseph (Sandy) Naquin, Jamie (Bonnie) Naquin, Julie (Andy) Mitchell, Jeaunne (Ken) Sorensen, Jill Quinn as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Donald Mueller; and granddaughter, Kennedey Mueller.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 31, 2015 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2015 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home and on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of mass at the church. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to be used at a later date.The family wishes to extend a special thank you to St. Clare Hospital and Hospice House and St. Mary’s Hospital.

 

 

Darlene Mae Klem, Baraboo

Darlene Mae Klem, Baraboo

 

Darlene Mae (Bates) Klem of Baraboo was born to Dell and Esther Bates on Oct. 3, 1927. She married Charles H. Dumke on Dec. 14, 1944 and later divorced. She married Al Klem on Nov. 29, 1980.

 

She is survived by her husband, Al; four children, Pat (Denny) Bauer of Weslaco, TX, Judy (Jeff) Werner of West Bend, Bob (Joyce) Dumke of Baraboo, Mike (Debbie) Dumke of Baraboo and stepson, Jonathan (Ellen) Klem of Kansas City, MO. She is further survived by her 12 grandchildren, Tim (Kelly) Parbs, Tony (Mary Jo) Parbs, Kathy (Steve) Brzozowski, Tricia (Tim) Condon, Andrea (Sean) Mountain, Gloria (Chad) Sweet, Jacob Dumke, Mindy Dumke, Cecelia Klem, Ralph Klem, Lionel Klem and Florence “Flossie” Klem; 15 great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn (Daniel) Gawrisch, Karah Parbs, Tyler Parbs, Cheyenne Parbs, Brandon Brzozowski, Nicole Brzozowski, Nolan Condon, Ella Condon, Allison Dumke, Mariah Alicia, Jada Reeb, Kira Sweet, Mariah Harmeson, Grace DuCharme and Mayson Dumke; as well as one great-great-grandson, Owen Gawrisch.

 

She was preceded in death by her parents, Dell and Esther Bates; her half-brother, Art Bohnsack and half-sister, Ruth Martin.

 

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2015 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo with Pastor Karen Hofstad officiating. Visitation will be from noon until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

The family would like to thank the nurses at Home Health United, especially Alecia, Julie and Sally for their kindness and compassion. Special thank you to Pat Zirzow, Carole, Cindy, Cris, Kelly and Tami who came to the house many times when Dar was homebound, and lifelong friend, Lonita Schulze.

 

Virginia A. Miller, Baraboo

Virginia “Giny” A. Miller, age 92, passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at the St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo.  She was born on August 31, 1922 to Carl and Hazel (Springer) Neitzel. Giny was united in marriage to Donald Miller on March 8, 1944; he preceded her in death on April 14, 1971. 

Giny spent her working years at the Badger Army Ammunition Plant, then cooking in the Baraboo High School lunchroom, and baking at Darrow’s grocery; where she was affectionately known to her co-workers as “Ma”. She made many close friendships during those years.  

She loved cardinals and had over 200 displayed throughout her apartment in the form of ceramics, pillows, throws, glassware, dishware, placemats, pictures, etc, and family members were always looking to try to buy her something she didn’t already have. She also loved begonia plants and had many hanging outside the doorway to her apartment.  

Giny is survived by her brother, Kenneth Neitzel of Edina, MN; and sister Maxine Schell of Peru, IL. She is also survived by many special nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Don; sisters, Dorothy Mantanye an Helen Jenewein; brother, Donald Neitzel; brother-in-law, Robert Schell; and sister-in-law, Helen Neitzel.

Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Tuesday, July 21, 2015 at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave. Baraboo. Visitation will be from 10am until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to St. Clare Memorial Garden in Virginia’s name.

The family wishes to thank the caring staff at the St. Clare hospital for their kindness and compassion.  

Margaret A. Thies of Reedsburg

Margaret A. Thies, age 77, of Reedsburg passed away on Tuesday July 14, 2015 at the Agrace Hospice in  Madison after a long illness. She was married to Fred Thies and was a homemaker.

 Margaret is survived by her husband Fred; daughters Marthlena (Dean) Schellenberger and Paula Thies; grandchildren Ronald (Jenna), Andrew (Sara), and Jennifer. She is further survived by other family and friends.

 The family would like to thank Agrace Hospice for their support and care that  they gave. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 A Private burial will take place at Rock Hill Cemetery.

Frank John Christianson, Baraboo

Frank John Christianson, age 93, of Baraboo passed away July 12, 2015 in Wisconsin Dells. He was born to William and Dorthea Christianson on March 25, 1922. Frank was united in marriage to Virginia Hagar in 1942. 

Frank enjoyed spending time hunting. He also spent his time fishing in Canada and Lake Michigan with the boys. He worked as a mechanic in Baraboo and Madison. Frank served his country in World War II, where he was a scout leader. He enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren, taking rides with his dogs, loved to walk around Baraboo, and he enjoyed his afternoon beer. He also took care of his granddaughter, Shawne. 

Frank is survived by his children Ollie (Beverly) Christianson, Ray (Sue) Christianson, Beverly (Gary) Higgins, Cliff (Lori) Christianson, Bob (Carol) Paulus; sister, Lillian Gates of North Freedom; sister-in-law, Gertrude Christianson of Stoughton. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.  

Frank was preceded in death by his wife Virginia; son, Kenneth; grandson, Arnold; brothers, Arthur, Bill, and Raymond; sister, Evelyn (Jim) Holmes; and special friends, Betty Kasdorf and Millie Paulus. 

Funeral Services will take place at Redlin Funeral Home on Thursday July 16, 2015 at 11 a.m. Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Rock Springs Cemetery where military rites will be performed by Baraboo Veterans Honor Guard.

The family would like to thank Frank’s granddaughter, Amy for taking care of him.

Ethel E. Smith, Baraboo

 

Ethel E. Smith, age 96, a lifelong Baraboo area resident, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2015 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center. The former Ethel E. Schultz was born in Merrimac on Nov. 17, 1918. Ethel retired after working many years at Eagle Signal.

Survivors include one son, Jerry (Diane) Smith of LaValle, three grandsons, Terry (Terry Lynn) Smith of Baraboo, Tim Smith of Baraboo, Damon Derleth of Sauk City; one great-granddaughter, Brittney Smith; three step-great-grandsons, Josh Wendorf, John McCullick, Jeff McCullick; one step-great-granddaughter, Kara Drager; eight step-great-great-grandchildren; one sister, Eldora Schaeffer of Waunakee; one brother-in-law, Don Droste of Portage; one sister-in-law, Lyla Schultz of Merrimac, along with many nieces, nephews and their families.

Ethel was preceded in death by her parents, Julius and Mary Schultz; one son, David Smith; three brothers, Delbert, LaVern and Willis; three sisters, Evelyn Newton, Reinetta Hooker and Deloris Droste; sister-in-law, Elnora Schultz and her brothers-in-law, Delton Newton, and Dallas “Tex” Schaeffer.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, July 8, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 727 8th St. in Baraboo with Pastor Karen Hofstad officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

 

 

Orville “Orv” Vertein, North Freedom

Orville “Orv” Vertein, age 80, passed away on Thursday, July 2, 2015 at his home in North Freedom, WI.

Orville, son of Walter and Florence (Voll) Vertein, was born at his maternal grandparents’ home in the Township of Baraboo. He grew up on his parent’s farm in the Township of Freedom, half a mile from where he was born, and attended the one room Farview School. He graduated from Baraboo High School and continued his education with correspondence courses. He was a lifelong member of Emanuel United Methodist Church.

Orv met his wife, Beverly Haywood, at a high school dance and on December 11, 1954, he married his high school sweetheart. They enjoyed dancing together throughout their 60 years of marriage. They were blessed with five children.

Orv loved spending time with his family and friends and could often be found at the dining room table playing cards and games with them. He especially liked teaching his grandchildren the fine art of playing Euchre, and lived by the philosophy that you can always count on your partner for a couple of tricks, especially if you only have one trump.

Some of his favorite pastimes were hunting and fishing with his sons, watching his daughters play softball, and sharing the splendor of the outdoors with his grandchildren. He was an avid fan of Wisconsin sports, following the UW Badger’s football and basketball teams, the Milwaukee Brewers, and of course his beloved Green Bay Packers.

Throughout his life Orv was involved in many different activities and organizations. As a youth, he was a member of the Lucky M 4-H Club and the Baraboo High School FFA. He served with the 128th Infantry Regiment of the Wisconsin National Guard, was a member of the Baraboo Lodge #688 B.P.O.E. Elks, and the Baraboo Kiwanis Golden K. He was a Cub Scout Leader, served as the Village Clerk and Assessor for the Village of North Freedom, and volunteered with the North Freedom Fire Department. In addition to his community involvement, Orv worked for over 40 years as the General Manager for Twin City Forms.

Orv was a creative handy man and enjoyed tinkering in his basement, doing whatever he could to help others including fixing the neighborhood children’s bikes. He also had a soft spot for animals. He kept treats on hand for his favorite dogs, and never let his squirrel feeder run out of peanuts. In fact, one of his favorite things was watching the antics of the backyard squirrels.

Above all, Orv was a loyal and caring family man and friend. He was fully devoted to his wife and children; and was never too busy to enjoy pillow fights, squirt gun skirmishes, or frosting Christmas cookies with his grandchildren.

Orville is survived by his wife, Beverly; his daughters, Terri (Greg) Mueller, Kim (Lee) Towey, and Vicki (Gordon) Zerbel; his sons, Mark (Lee Ann) Vertein and Brian Vertein; his grandchildren, Brett Mueller, Drew and Paige Towey, Ryan (Megan) Ross, Rose and Esther Vertein; his brother, Russell (Janet) Vertein; brother-in-law, Paul Endres; sisters-in-law, Shirley Vertein, Barbara (Bob) Dolezal, and Barbara Haywood; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Phyllis Gaetzke Endres; brother, Verllyn Vertein; in-laws Bernard Haywood and Violet Miller; and brothers-in-law, Don Haywood and Donald “Bud” Gaetzke.

A Memorial Service will be held at 3:00 P.M., Saturday, July 11, 2015, at Emanuel United Methodist Church, 101 14th Street, Baraboo, WI. Visitation will be held at the church from 1:00 P.M. until time of service. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials may be made to Emanuel United Methodist Church or American Cancer Society. Online condolences may be made at www.redlinfuneralhome.com.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. James M. Heun, MD and Oncology staff at St. Clare Health Care Specialty Services; Dr. Thomas J. Varley, MD; Sauk County Nurses; and Agrace HospiceCare for their compassionate care of Orville. Also, thank you to friends and relatives for their support during his illness.

Orville was dearly loved and will be greatly missed.

Estelle M. Vosen, Bullhead City, Az formerly of Merrimac

Estelle Marie Vosen, 83, of Bullhead City,Az formerly of Merrimac passed away on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. She was born the daughter of Carl and Alice (Frantz) Vosen on July 16, 1931 in Merrimac.  

Estelle attended the St. Louis University where she received her Master’s of Science in Nursing. She spent her entire career in the health care field, directing hospitals and nursing homes. Estelle loved nursing and caring for people.  Some of her favorite activities were camping and spending time outdoors; hiking, growing flowers, and gardening. She loved nature and animals; especially her dog, Buddy. She had been a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Baraboo as well as St. John the Baptist Church in Laughlin, NV.  

Estelle is survived by her brothers, Fr. Gerald Vosen, Donald Vosen, and James Vosen; and sister, Patricia Wilson; sisters-in-law, Delories and Mary Vosen.  She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers Francis and Dan Vosen.

A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 12:30pm on Monday, July 6, 2015 at the St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:30am until the time of service at the church. Inurnment will follow at the St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Baraboo, at a later date.

“We are grateful for the wonderful care provided by Estelle’s special friend, Noreen Schoener of Arizona, whom she lived with.”- The Vosen Family