Violet E. Lawrence, Baraboo

Violet Elsie Lawrence, age 93, of Baraboo passed away with her family by her side on Tuesday, November 24, 2015, at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo.  She was born the second daughter of Erich and Erna (Mueller) Albrecht on May 6, 1922, in Baraboo. Violet was united in marriage to Kenneth R. Lawrence on June 7, 1947, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo. He preceded her in death on January 11, 1995.

Violet was a long-time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo where she was active in Ladies Aid. She was also active in Lower Narrows Homemakers and Round Robin Relatives. She worked on their family farm alongside her husband, helping to take care of the animals and garden as they raised their family. She also worked hard at preserving the farm’s bounties to provide for her family throughout the year. Violet liked to cook and bake and was known for her oatmeal cookies. Her family was always the most important part of her life.

Violet is survived by two daughters, Janice M. (Gerald) Zimmerman and Kim L. (Phillip “Fly”) Hutterli; and one grandchild, Heather N. Hoffman. She is further survived by sister, Jean Zimmerman, brother, George Albrecht; as well as many nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Kenneth; daughter, Donna Fae; sister, Dorothy Kopecky; brother, Everett Albrecht; and her godchild, George Gary Kopecky.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, November 30, 2015, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow the service at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Baraboo. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff of St. Clare Meadows Care Center for their care and compassion.

 

Jeanne Marie Blum, Baraboo

Jeanne Marie Blum, age 71 of Baraboo passed away unexpectedly at home on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. Jeanne, daughter of Leonard “Chickie” and Alvina (Theis) Baier was born April 6, 1944 in Sauk City. She was a graduate of Sauk City High School. In June of 1982 she was united in marriage to Rodney Blum in The Little Brown Church in Iowa. Jeanne was employed by K-Mart for over 20 years as well as Pierce’s Supermarket in Baraboo. In her free time she enjoyed going on road trips with Rod antiquing as well as decorating and reading. Most of all she loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Rodney; sons, Doug, Jim, and Mike Weiland; step-son, Gordie (Chris) Blum all of Baraboo; grandchildren, Jacob, Jared, Jamie, Brianna, Jovanna, and Caden; sisters, Joyce Steensrud of Huston, TX and Judith (Richard) Pape of Sauk City; brother, James (Denise) Baier of Lake Havasu, AZ; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015 at 1 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Marianne Cotter officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Donations may be made in Jeanne’s name to the UW Carbone Cancer Center in Madison.

Linda S. Carlock, Baraboo

On Nov. 18, 2015 at the age of 66 Linda Sue Carlock passed quietly away while in the company of her greatest treasure, her family.  Linda, daughter of Matthew and Anita (Moore) Bartol was born April 21, 1949 in Chicago. She leaves behind her beloved husband of 47 years, James Carlock; children, Tammy (Bud) Seufzer of Wisconsin Dells, Julie (Tom) Cutrell of Baraboo, Tanya (David) Forbush of Papillion, Nebraska, James (Carla) Carlock of Baraboo and Tiffany (Ben Harrison) Carlock of Baraboo. She was blessed with a step-daughter, Paige (Scott) Kilpatrick of Evergreen, Colorado. In addition she leaves her much adored grandchildren, Jacob Faber, Jared and Jason Seufzer, Brendan, Tierney and Teague Cutrell, David Jr. and Marcus Forbush, Sophie Carlock, Alexa (John) Meyer, and Dylan Plant and two great-grandchildren, Titus and Enoch Meyer. Linda also leaves behind her brothers, Jay (Judy) Bartol, Kevin Bartol, Jeff (Lynn) Bartol, Joe (Lori) Bartol, Kris (Debbie) Bartol as well as her sisters, Carol Bartol, Anita (Jeff) Meyer; brother-in-law, David Hyser as well as many other relatives and friends.

 

While she leaves many behind to miss her, she will be rejoined with her parents, Matthew and Anita Bartol as well as her sister, Elizabeth Hyser; son-in-law, Gary Faber and grandson, Joel Seufzer.

 

Linda had a great love of music and sang for many years with the Monroe Chamber Orchestra as well as with her church choir. Along with that love for music, she also enjoyed reading, crocheting and her love for all animals.

Please join her family as they rejoice in her life, and hand her over into God’s loving hands on Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 322 Unity Drive in Wisconsin Dells with Father Al Majkrzak officiating. Visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until the time of service at the church. A private inurnment will be held at a later date.

 

James M. Williams, Baraboo

On Nov. 15, 2015 James M. Williams “Happy the Clown” beloved father, friend and Circus personality journeyed to his heavenly home at St. Clare Meadows Care Center!

Happy, son of William W. and Florence H. (Walther) Williams was born Dec. 19, 1943 in Milwaukee. He attended Boys Tech in Milwaukee and worked as a cabinet maker while in school. After school he worked at Mayfair shopping center in Milwaukee as a clown where he was befriended by Ernest Zimmerly and was introduced to Chappie Fox. Chappie then brought him to Baraboo in 1960 and introduced him to Circus World Museum. He traveled with Kelly Miller and Cole Brothers Circus. Happy entertained families at Circus World from 1961 until 1964 at which time he enlisted in the United States Army and served as a medic/ambulance driver. In 1972 he became the Display Director at Circus World. After being honorably discharged Happy continued to entertain crowds at Circus World from 1967 until his retirement over 30 years later. In 1995 he was inducted into the Clown Hall of Fame in Baraboo.

Survivors include his daughter, Angela (Paul) Williams; their children, Heather Mayo, Alli (Ben) Zimmerly, Parker Zimmerly Olson, Brittany (Kyle) Bowman; daughter, Lynn (John) Fliess; their children, Haley, Johnny, and Marie Fliess; great-grandchildren, Nalana, Jameson, Killian, Ayden, and Temprance. He is further survived by other relatives, family in Milwaukee and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Jeanette Arlene Polak; brothers, John R. Williams, William W. Williams; and his beloved family dog and entertainer, Tuffy.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015 at 3 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Jed Crouse officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, 2015 at the funeral home as well as from 1 p.m. until the time of service on Saturday. There will be a Masonic Service at the funeral home at 7 p.m. on Friday. Military Rites will be conducted by Baraboo Veterans Honor Guard following the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Happy’s name to Circus World or the Clown Hall of Fame.

He will be missed greatly by so many. The family would like to thank everyone, especially St. Clare Meadows for their support during this difficult time.

 

Earl McKittrick, Adams

Earl Lee McKittrick, 67, of Adams passed away on November 12, 2015. Earl was born the son of Bernard and Bertha (Witham) McKittrick on April 20, 1948 in Madison.

Earl proudly served his country in the U.S. Army, having served during the Vietnam War. He was an avid fisherman, and loved to visit his favorite spot at the “Quarry Pond” in La Rue. Earl loved the outdoors, including sitting in the front yard to watch the deer pass by. He spent countless hours tinkering in his garage on old tractors; he always seemed to have a new project. Earl will be remembered for his great sense of humor. He never met a stranger that he didn’t like.

Earl is survived by his children, Tina (Ed) DeWitt, Mike (Jeri) McKittrick, Brad (fiancé Dusti Perkins), and Marcus McKittrick; grandchildren, Jeremy Allen and Kaden McKittrick; siblings, Ivan (Jeannette) McKittrick, James McKittrick, Barbara (Richard) Harmon, Carol Decker, Richard McKittrick, Kathy (Harley) Weiss, Bill McKittrick. He is further survived by his special friend of 6 years Bonnie Bowser; he will be greatly missed by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Jennifer McKittrick; and sister, Joan Nicoly.

A Memorial Gathering will take place on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 11am- 1pm at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave, Baraboo. No formal service will be held; Military Rites will be conducted by the Baraboo Veteran’s Honor Guard at 1pm at the Funeral Home.

 

Samuel T. Burns, Lyndon Station

Samuel T. Burns, age 83 of Lyndon Station passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 at the VA Hospital in Madison. Samuel, son of Thomas and Blanche (Wanke) Burns was born April 5, 1932 in Wausau. On Dec. 8, 1962 he was united in marriage to Shirley Higgins in Frezno, California. Sam was employed as a meat cutter for most of his life. He proudly served in the United States Army during the Korean War. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing and watching the Packers and the Black Hawks.

He is survived by his wife, Shirley of Lyndon Station; children, Jerry (Linda) Burns of Wisconsin Dells, Mark Burns of Fox Lake, Tim Burns of Baraboo, Thomas (Staci) Burns of Cambridge; 7 grandchildren; siblings, Kenneth Burns of Wausau and Ellen Hintz of Princeton, Minnesota as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Ruth.

Memorial Services will be held on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Lisa Taylor officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Military Rites will be conducted by the Baraboo Veterans Honor Guard.

Frances Safranek Stewart, Wisconsin Dells

 

Frances Safranek Stewart passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015 in her Wisconsin Dells home. Fran was born on May 2, 1929 in Pulaski, WI to Jan and Anna Luberda.  She lived many years in Wisconsin, Chicago and Carpentersville, IL and Clearwater and Lake Panasoffkee, FL. 

She had many jobs throughout her lifetime. Besides being a wife and mother, she was a factory worker, private housekeeper, and bartender. She and her first husband had owned Clem’s Bar in Plainville, WI, near WI Dells. She also volunteered at St Vincent De Paul resale store.

Fran loved to travel, collect sea shells, gardening, raise canaries, and polka music. She would always cook a meal for anyone who came to visit her.

Survivors include her children, Clement L. (Karen) Safranek, Linda (Martin) Carr, Sandra (Ron) Dearman, Chester Safranek, Jeffery (Brenda) Safranek, Susan (Dudley) Hagan, and Robert (Lynn) Repenning; 20 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; brother, Mitchell (Delores) Luberda; sister, Valentina “Babe” Rodgers, many nieces and nephews and her dog, Tippy.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Clement M. Safranek (24 years of marriage); second husband, Wallace Stewart (married 32 years); nine brothers, six sisters, nieces and nephews, and one great-grandson.

A celebration of life will be on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave., in Baraboo.

Interment will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to any St Vincent de Paul Society.

 

Debra Marie Davis-Beschta, Baraboo

Debra Marie Davis-Beschta, age 62 of Baraboo passed away on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015 at Meriter Hospital. Debra, daughter of Alvie and Shirley (Zuelsdorf) Sutfin was born July 29, 1953 in Portage. In her free time she enjoyed researching and working on her family tree. Her grandchildren were the light of her life.

She is survived by her husband, Jerry Beschta; children, Jeremy Gilson, Amanda (Greg) Cummings and Shannon (Rica) Davis; 11 grandchildren; brother-in-law, Cliff Coval; as well as other relatives and friends.

Debra was preceded in death by her parents; and sister, Nancy Ann Sutfin-Coval.

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

Donna Marie Jones, Baraboo

Donna Marie Jones, age 84 of Baraboo passed away on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2015 at St. Clare Meadows. She was born to Fred and Violet Radke on January 21, 1931. She was raised on a farm near Wauzeka, WI and enjoyed her many visits back to the area. She worked as a secretary at Meade Construction in Lodi for many years.

Donna had many hobbies that included embroidery and needlepoint, bird watching, camping, and the Civil Air Patrol as a young woman. She was an active member of the St. Patrick ’s church choir in Lodi for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her grandsons.

Donna is survived by her two sons Dave (Linda) Jones of Poynette and Mike (Buni Roznos) Jones of Baraboo; grandsons, Cody (Amanda Buchberger) Jones of Middleton and Luke Jones of Verona; sister, Jeanine Selvaag of Stoughton; niece, Mary Jo Chamberlin of Stoughton; and nephew, Mark Selvaag of Oregon. She is survived by many other friends.

Donna was preceded in death by her brother, Reon Radke and her nephew, Eric Selvaag.

A memorial service will take place on Friday November 13, 2015 at 1 P.M. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Baraboo with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will take place from 12 NOON until the time of service.

Adeline Thressa Lange, North Freedom

Adeline “Addy” Thressa Lange, age 98 of North Freedom passed away on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015 at Sauk County Health Care Center. Adeline, daughter of Herman and Susan (Repka) Kopf was born Aug. 11, 1917 in Ableman (now Rock Springs).

On Dec. 8, 1934 she was united in marriage to Clifford Lange in Rock Springs.

In her free time she enjoyed knitting, crocheting, gardening, dances in La Rue, listening to polka music and fishing. She had a love of traveling including trips to Minocqua, Canada, the Black Hills.

Survivors include her daughters Genevieve Lange and Phyllis (Bill) Pierce; daughter-in-law, Blondine Lange; grandchildren, Marc Lange, Peggy Noble, Penny Hayes, Pam (Jeff) Coy, Brian Pierce, Alisha (Todd) Johnson, Ryan Coy; several great-grandchildren as well as other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clifford; son, Wayne; great-grandson, Jacob; and several brothers and sisters.

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Freedom with Pastor Andrew Meyer officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sauk County Health Care Center – Gazeebo Fund or St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, North Freedom. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family would like to thank the staff at Sauk County Health Care Center for their loving care the past 5 years as well as Pastor Meyer, congregation members and friends for their visits.