Gary Douglas Markley, Baraboo








Gary Douglas Markley, age 67 of Baraboo passed away on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015 at home. Gary, son of Virgil and Marguerite (Ott) Markley was born July 5, 1948 in Baraboo. He proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. In his free time Gary enjoyed collecting toys, especially model cars as well as find deals at rummage sales. He was employed as a custodian at Coachlite Laundromat for over 25 years. Gary was a very social person and made many friends wherever he went.

Gary is survived by his brothers, Ricky and Virgil; sisters, Janice Markley-Littlebear and Nancy Hinz; nieces; nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Kenneth, Wendell, Ronald; and sister, Naomi.

A Celebration of Life will take place on Sunday, July 3, 2016 at the Oschner Park main pavilion from noon – 2 p.m. Military Rites will be conducted at the park at 2 p.m. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Charles “Chuck” J. Mortensen, Baraboo

Charles “Chuck” J. Mortensen, age 96, of Baraboo passed away at his home on Sunday December 27, 2015. He was born on March 12, 1919 to Wiggo and Pearl (Hemminway) Mortensen in Baraboo. Chuck was united in marriage to Evelyn Farr on December 6, 1941 in Baraboo.

Chuck was an avid hunter and gardener. He enjoyed watching his grandson play ball. Chuck enjoyed attending concerts on the Square with his wife Evelyn before she passed. He always loved when his family came to visit especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Chuck was a mechanic all of his life, he started his working career at Hanson Implement, he later worked for Smith Oil before starting his own business. He continued serving customers even throughout his retirement.

Chuck is survived by ten children, Donald (Sandy) Mortensen, Dianne (Ken) Rathman, Karen Rathman, Thomas (Marge) Mortensen, Patricia (Jeff Kolls) Mortensen, David Mortensen, Richard Mortensen, Jeffrey (Shelly) Mortensen, Julie Mortensen, Kevin Mortensen. He is further survived by numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; as well as his sister Clara Harmel; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Evelyn; daughter, Kathaleen Sutton; grandson, Jeffery Mortensen; granddaughter, Tina Rathman; son-in-law, David Rathman; sisters, Emma, Mable, Carla, and Ella.

Funeral Services will be held on Sunday January 3, 2016 at 1 P.M. at the Redlin Funeral Home with Travis Zick officiating. Visitation will be held on Saturday January 2, 2016 from 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. and from noon until the time of service on Sunday at the funeral home. Burial will follow service at the Fairfield Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff at Home Health United Hospice for their loving care.

Howard C. Larsen, Baraboo

Howard C. Larsen of Baraboo Howard C. Larsen, age 83, passed away peacefully on December 27, 2015. Howard was born to Howard and Laura (Wolkow) Larsen on March 29, 1932 in Shell Lake, Washburn County, Wisconsin. Howard came to the Baraboo area at an early age when his family moved to a farm on Happy Hill south of North Freedom. After an adventurous childhood he left home at age 13 to work for many of the prominent farmers in the Sauk Prairie area. During the Korean Conflict, he joined the Air Force and began his many travels. Whether on K.P. in Texas, on the flight line at Elsworth Air Base in South Dakota or the Ramey Air Base in Puerto Rico, he had many adventures which he loved to chuckle about as he retold stories from that time. It was at Elsworth Air Base in Rapid City, SD that he met his first love, Lynden Alden Larsen. After a few weeks of dating he received orders for transfer, so they married and immediately relocated to Puerto Rico. To them it was paradise. This marriage lasted 51 years until Lynden’s death in 2003. It was there also that they started a tradition begun in the Air Force and then carried on in his first years as a farmer of moving and having another child. Carla in Puerto Rico, Eugene (Mona) at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, Kathy (David Ott) in Hillpoint, WI, Janet in Palmyra, WI, and Howard Jr. (Dawn) in Waukesha, WI. His moving from farm to farm finally paused for 9.5 years in Waukesha where they raised their family. His final move was to buy his own farm north of Baraboo in 1969. There he spent the next 46 years establishing himself as a farmer and also as a trader. He absolutely loved to buy and sell tractors and machinery. He traveled the Midwest purchasing mostly tractors and selling them throughout Wisconsin for over 30 years, making many, many friends. In late 2005 and 2006, two life changing events happened. First he met his second true love and soul mate, Donna Scherbert, and secondly he had a tractor rollover accident which severely crippled him. Howard was told several times that he would never walk again, but with tenacity and plenty of hard work at Physical Therapy he proved them all wrong. A stroke in 2008 and again in 2009 were just bumps in the road to recovering enough so as to enjoy life again. Howard and Donna married in 2008 and she was embraced by his family just as he was embraced by hers. Thankfully, he and Donna were able to enjoy 10 good years together, but shared a life time of happiness. August 2014 brought the start of a long sequence of many medical problems involving multiple surgeries and nursing home stays. He finally came to a peaceful end on December 27, 2015, leaving a large group of family and friends behind. Surviving family members include all 5 children, grandchildren, Matt (Lindy), Emily, Anastaisia, and Ben Larsen along with great-grandchildren Jorja, Aaron and Oliver Larsen, Donna’s 5 children and their families whom he considered his own. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 2, 2016, at the Redlin Funeral Home at 11 a.m. with Pastor Lisa Taylor officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday January 1, 2016, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. and from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday. Burial will follow at Fairfield Cemetery. The Family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Donna’s granddaughters, Courtney and Allyssa for their help and support to give Donna an occasional break and also to grandson Matt Larsen and his wife Lindy for being there when needed. The P.T. staff at Maplewood and St. Clare Meadows deserve a big thank you for outstanding effort and encouragement. Also the staff at Agrace was wonderful. Words cannot express the family’s appreciation and love for Donna for giving Howard the happiness and care that he needed so he could enjoy the final chapter of his life. Memorials received will be forwarded to the Badger Steam and Gas Club.

Chad G. Bearden, Baraboo

Chad G. Bearden, age 42, of Baraboo passed away unexpectedly from a car accident on Friday, December 25, 2015. Born the son of Gale Bearden and Kathryn Luke on May 1, 1973 in Great Falls, Montana.

He was currently employed at Skinner Transport out of Reedsburg. Chad was an avid motorcyclist with many friends. He was an outdoorsman, he enjoyed hunting and fishing; he was a long time member of the Circuit City Sportsman club. He was also an avid Packer fan.  He loved spending quality time with family and friends. Chad was the kind of person that was always there if you needed him. He was one of a kind and always did things his own way.

Chad is survived by his mom, Kathryn Luke; sisters, Stacy (Mike) Clark and Tammy (Gerold) Kluender; and extended family, Clarence and Margaret Reppenhagen, Rita and Dave Michelson, John Smart; siblings, Johanna (Allan) Bruns, Donna (Bob) Porter, Tammie Jeryzk, Travis (Rhonda) Stebbins, Ken Reppenhagen, and Tonyia Stebbins. He is further survived by his aunt, Lori (Ron) Seitz and many other aunts and uncles; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, dear friends, and special riding friends, Linn, Roger, Heidi, and Brett.

He was preceded in death by his dad, Gale Bearden; and maternal grandparents, Dale and Norma Fulton; grandfather, Alton Goerlitz; one niece and two nephews; and other family and friends.

A Funeral Service will be held at 4pm on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave, Baraboo with Pastor Jonathan Tipton 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 family to be donated in Chad’s memory,


Virginia M. Lenihan, Baraboo

Virginia M. Lenihan, age 100, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, December 23, 2015 surrounded by her loving family. 

She was born May 25, 1915 to William and Rose (Hoadley) Blair in Evansville, Indiana, raised in Kansas City, MO and relocated to Baraboo; where she graduate from Baraboo High School. She married Francis D. Lenihan and they were blessed with one daughter, Mary Frances. She raised her daughter and then for a time worked at Industrial Coils, after retirement she helped at the Maple Hill Orchard for many years. She was a very hard worker and lived in and maintained her own home up until ten days ago. 

She is survived by her daughter, Mary Frances Klingenmeyer of Baraboo; granddaughters, Cynthia Ann Colvin of Baraboo and Susan Marie (Kevin) Stich of Evans, GA two great-granddaughters, Stephanie Frances Colvin of Madison and Blair Elizabeth Stich of Atlanta, GA. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; son-in-law, Duane Klingenmeyer; and grandson-in-law, Dennis Colvin. 

As per her wishes, cremation will take place and there will be no service. Memorials may be made to the Sauk County Humane Society.

The Family would like to thank Dr. Randy Krszjzaniek and the wonderful people from Agrace for their kind and compassionate care.

Lyle Olson, Mauston

Lyle Olson of Mauston, age 58, passed away peacefully on December 22, 2015 at Golden Living Center in Wisconsin Dells. He was born on March, 27, 1957 to Melvin and Lorraine Olson in Baraboo. He was an avid bowler much of his life and he enjoyed spending much time with his family and friends. 

Lyle is survived by his daughters; Sherry (Tom) Albamonte, Carrie (Steven Anderson) Olson, Jami (Erik) Lilleheil, Emily Olson; siblings, Sandra (Gary) Janisch and Lonnie (Linda) Olson; grandchildren, Cora, Zachary, Haven, Willow, Alex. He is further survived by many other friends and family. 

Lyle was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Keith Olson. 

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 at 11 A.M. at the First Presbyterian Church with Pastor Lisa Taylor Officiating. A visitation will take place from 10 A.M. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family for use at a later date. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Mary Kruse, Baraboo

Mary Kruse, age 88 of Baraboo passed away on Monday, Dec. 21, 2015 at Meadow Ridge Assisted Living. Mary, daughter of Manuel and Deolinda (Albuerqueque) Pina was born May 21, 1927. She was united in marriage to Carl H. Kruse on June 17, 1950, at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in Taunton, Mass. Mary retired from St. Clare Hospital as a CNA after working over 20 years. In her later years she also worked at Jack Young Middle School in the kitchen. She was a lifelong member of the Daughters of Isabella.

Survivors include her children, Linda (Paul) Verderame of Florida, Susan (Darryl) Harris of Colorado, Diane Bolinger of Baraboo, David C. (Cindy) Kruse of Baraboo, and Judith (Todd) Greenwood of Baraboo; 15 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great-grandchildren; brother, John (Sylvia) Pina as well as other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl; son, Michael; son-in-law, Phillip Haney; grandchildren, Scott Cormican, Kelsey Sue and Jordan Kruse; great-grandson, Trenton Wilson; as well as four sisters and two brothers.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015 from 4:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home as well as from 10 a.m. until the time of mass at church on Wednesday. The Daughters of Isabella will pray the Rosary at the funeral home on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery following the mass. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Meadow Ridge Assisted Living and Agrace Hospice.

Beatrice “Betty” (Brei) Beal

Beatrice “Betty” Mae (Brei) Beal, 85, of Baraboo, passed into eternal life with her family by her side on Friday, December 11, 2015, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison.

Betty, the daughter of Anton and Thelma (Nelson) Brei, was born on March 2, 1930, in Rozellville, Wisconsin, the second of five children. The family moved to Argyle in southern Wisconsin in the late 1930s, after a fire at the family’s cheese factory.  Her father passed away in January 1944, not long after moving the family to Baraboo.  Betty often described how enjoyable and convenient it was to walk to Devil’s Lake from the family’s home on Guppy Street at the edge of town, where her widowed mother had room for a large garden and her young brother had room to run.

As a member of the Baraboo High School Class of 1947, Betty was active in Glee Club, Chorus, Thalia, Pep Club and Athletics. She came by her love and aptitude for music partly from her mother, Thelma, who played piano professionally to accompany silent movies.

Upon graduating at age 17, she began working for Dr. John Lobaugh when he established his dental practice above the old Corner Drug at Third and Oak.  She met Dr. Lobaugh’s cousin, Warren Virgil Beal, a short time later when he visited the dental office.  On June 6, 1953, Betty and Warren were united in marriage at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo.

Betty and Warren spent 10 years of their early marriage in Mobile, Alabama. During those years Betty enjoyed learning about the local southern cuisine and hospitality and the Gulf Coast seashore.  While in Mobile she worked part-time as a secretary for a German professor and sang with a Mobile Bay Area Choral Group.  After returning to Baraboo in January of 1965, Betty and Warren renovated a home on the corner of Eighth and Barker streets to suit their growing family.  Betty enjoyed the location walking distance to St. Joseph Church and Grade School (where her children attended) and she was a member of the Legion of Mary. 

Betty was an accomplished seamstress, enjoyed many crafts, and in particular lent her hand to rosemåling in tribute to her Norwegian heritage.  Although Betty never traveled outside of North America, she always had world maps, atlases, and a globe on hand to keep track of where her children, grandchildren, and other relatives traveled to.  She was well read and knew about the culture of any area her offspring ventured to before they did.

Betty’s cookbook collection showed an adventurous spirit spanning cultures from Creole to Turkish, Brazilian to Chinese, not to mention her traditional Norwegian and German heritage foods. Her children and grandchildren especially looked forward to her homemade focaccia, braided coffeecakes, Christmas rosettes, and giant heart-shaped shortbreads.  Betty and Warren were always planning next year’s vegetable garden, saving seeds from their favorites over the summer and fall to be started indoors during the next year’s early spring.  Vegetables and fruits from the garden were constantly being canned, frozen, sun-dried, dehydrated, ratatouilled, and in peak season there were jars of tomatoes, jams and pickles in cupboards where you least expected them.

During their retirement years Betty and Warren appreciated and loved sharing their view of nature at Pine Acres Drive.  They made many winter treks south to stay in Gulf Shores, Alabama or Sanibel Island, Florida, where the J.N. Ding Darling Refuge was another favorite for Betty. 

Survivors include her children, Ann (Gary) Karch of Glen Ellyn, Illinois, Andrew of Madison, Matthew of Baraboo, Joseph of Chicago, James of Madison, Daniel (Michelle) Beal of Baraboo; grandchildren, David, Aaron, and Samuel Karch, Jacob, Maxwell and Joey Beal, Benjamin and Madelyn Beal; sister Beverly (Bernard) Goman of Plano, Texas, and brother Michael (Rita) Brei of Front Royal, Virginia, as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her devoted husband, Warren, only four months before; her parents; her daughter, Mary Elizabeth, and son, Thomas Anton; and two sisters, Patricia Shaw and Shirley Harrison.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of mass at the church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Joseph Catholic Church, to The Poor Household of God (233 Orchard Lane, Glen Ellyn, IL) or to a favorite charity.  The family would like to thank all who cared for Betty, especially the wonderful staffs at St. Clare Meadows, St. Clare Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

David E. Borowski, Baraboo

David E. Borowski, age 78, of Baraboo passed away on Thursday, December 17, 2015 at St. Clare Hospice House.

Dave, the son of the late Anthony and Anastasia (Schlewski) Borowski, was born on August 5, 1937 in Milwaukee. He served in the United State Air Force from 1954-1958. Following his time in the service, he then married Ruth Petrick on January 14, 1967 in Waukegan, Ill.  Dave was preceded in death by his loving wife, Ruth on October 20, 2011. They would have been married 49 years come January. He worked at both Briggs and Stratton and A. O. Smith in Milwaukee.

Dave is survived by his children, Anastasia “Stacie” (Craig) Heckendorf and Jeffrey Borowski; two grandchildren, Nathan and Tess Heckendorf. He is further survived by numerous other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Dave was preceded in death by several of his siblings and in-laws.

A Funeral Service will be held at 12pm Noon on Monday, December 21, 2015 at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave., Baraboo with Father Chris Gernetzke officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:30am until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow services at the Rock Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donation or memorials be made to the St. Clare Hospice House, 915 12th St., Baraboo, WI 53913.

The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff at the St. Clare Hospice House, the Baraboo VA and the William S. Middleton VA Hospital in Madison.


Mark Reitz, Baraboo

Mark Reitz, age 57, of Baraboo passed away peacefully on December 13, 2015 surrounded by his family after a year-long battle with leukemia. He was born on February 27, 1958 to Robert and Mildred Reitz in Edgerton. He was united in marriage to Sharyl Anderson on June 27, 1981 in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Edgerton.

Mark graduated from Edgerton High School in 1976 where he excelled at sports, academics, and music. He received the prestigious John Phillips Sousa Award. He went on to wrestle at Marquette University where he received his undergraduate degree in economics and political science. He went on to receive his Juris Doctorate at Marquette Law School in 1983. Mark practiced law in Edgerton from 1983 to 1986 after which he relocated to Baraboo and joined the Quale-Hartmann Law Firm. In 2005 he became the Baraboo City Attorney.

Mark participated in many volunteer organizations such as Jaycee’s, Lions Club, Optimist Club, board member for the Historical Society, board member of Kid’s Ranch, and the Baraboo Theatre Guild assisting in the box office for many years.  Through these organizations he formed many meaningful friendships. One of his greatest pleasures was serving as a mock trial coach for the Baraboo Mock Trial Team. Other hobbies and interest include Civil War reenacting, geocaching, disc golfing, playing tuba in the community band, traveling, and hiking at Devil’s Lake. He enjoyed cooking and especially prided himself as a chili connoisseur, competing in chili cooking festivals.  He was also an avid Brewer and Packers fan.

Mark is survived by his parents; his wife; two daughters, Monica Williams of Janesville and Jacqueline of Rochester, MN; two grandchildren, Dante and Sadie Williams; two brothers, Jeffrey (Angie Nemanic) Reitz of Milwaukee and Thomas (Tammy) Reitz of Fort Atkinson; nephews, Daniel, Maxwell, Hayden, Matthew, Eric, and John; nieces, Elizabeth, Krista, Lisa, Tasha, Maia, and Allison. He is further survived by many other friends and family. He is also survived by Tanner, his golden retriever; his faithful, furry companion. 

Mark was preceded by his grandparents and several aunts and uncles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11am on Saturday, December 19, 2015, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will take place on Friday, December 18, 2015, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Redlin Funeral Home as well as on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of mass at the church. Burial will follow at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery.

Special thanks to Dr. Huen, Dr. Meier, Dr. Hill, and Dr. Hamburg of Baraboo and Dr. Patnaik with Mayo Clinic for their exceptional care, and to the compassionate nurses in the ICU and medical surgical units of St. Clare Hospital and Mayo Clinic.

Mark will be remembered for his sense of fairness, extensive knowledge, kind heartedness, helpful spirit, and witty sense of humor.


To laugh often and much, to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children… To leave the world a better place… to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded -Ralph Waldo Emerson