Kennan Mahoney, Baraboo

We will miss our Brightest Star, Keenan Mahoney.

Keenan, 34, died suddenly on February 7, 2016. Keenan was passionate about his family, his friends and his community. Every person that crossed his path in life was blessed by his enthusiasm and great sense of humor. Keenan had a big personality that will never be forgotten. Knowing him was inspiring and infectious.

He is survived by his wife, Jodi; their 4 young children, Kane, Sage, Cyrus and Jordan;  his sister, Tara, her husband, Niles and their young children, Erick and Evan; his parents, Mike and Tawnya; and his grandfathers, Ron and Jerry. In addition Keenan is survived by many adoring family members, in-laws  and friends. Keenan, Jodi and their family had moved to Baraboo in July 2015 from Denver Colorado. Jodi is the daughter of Joe Guthrie and Jennifer (Gavin) Guthrie of Baraboo.

Services will be held at Crossroads Church of Denver, 9725 W 50th Ave, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033 on Thursday, March 17th, 2016. Doors will open at 5:30pm with our Celebration beginning promptly at 6:00pm.

Keenan’s favorite muffins and drinks will be provided. The Celebration will close with an illuminated farewell balloon launch at twilight.

Keenan loved football so everyone is encouraged to wear a jersey of any sort. We hope to see you there.

 

 

 

In lieu of flowers or gifts for the family, please consider a donation to the Keenan Curtis Memorial Fund- https://www.gofundme.com/fwf5zx7e. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

Juanita S. Greenwood, Baraboo

Juanita Sarah Greenwood, 95, of Baraboo, passed away after living a full and complete life on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center. Juanita was born on Sept. 9, 1920 in Reedsburg, the daughter of Harris and Vera (Smith) Thorne. 

She married George A. Greenwood on Oct. 15, 1938. She was a homemaker all of her life and spent her time lovingly caring for her family. She was also the bookkeeper for the family business, GA Greenwood Forest Products, for many years. She was an honored member of the Greenwood VFW Post 987 Women’s Auxiliary.   

Survivors include her children, four sons, Robert (Sandra) Greenwood, Roger (Heidi) Greenwood, Russell (Carol) Greenwood, Ronald (Sharlotte); daughters, Karen (Royce) Lockner and Patricia (Carl) Zirzow; 16 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She is also survived by two sisters, Betty Kelly of North Carolina and Bernice Resa of Texas. She is further survived by a sister-in-law, Shirley (Lenny) Peterson; and brother-in-law, Donald “Pat” Pearson; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband George on March 14, 1999; son-in-law, Carl Zirzow; granddaughters, Tracy Zirzow and Becky Greenwood; and great-grandson, James Greenwood.

The family would like to thank special friend, Nancy McNamara who spent many hours helping care for Juanita, and the staff at St. Clare Meadows for the fine care she received while a resident there.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the First Presbyterian Church in Baraboo with Pastor Lisa Taylor officiating. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow service at the Walnut Hill Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Lonnie Leon Sutton, Sr., Baraboo

Lonnie Leon Sutton, Sr. passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center surrounded by his family at the age of 95. Lonnie was born in Centerville, MO, March 18, 1920 where knowing how to shoot and hunt was a daily routine if you wanted something on the table for supper. He married Audrey Mae Boettcher and they had 6 children and after the war they moved to Wisconsin. Lonnie was a veteran of the United States Army serving his country during WWII. He was well known for his trap shooting and coon hunting days. His children will tell you growing up that night after the hunt, there was always a line of raccoons on the sidewalk as you entered the home. Lonnie always had a deer stand that was above the average with many amenities and hunted until 2015. He always got his tag filled and enjoyed his venison with many a friend. He was a wonderful mechanic and his children will tell you he could fix anything. Lonnie left a legacy to not only his family but to all of the people who knew him. He was a go to man, and could be counted on to help any and all. The saying “he would give you the shirt off his back” certainly applied to Lonnie. Not that he was not a horse trader when it came to making a deal.

He leaves behind three daughters, Priscilla (Ray) Helms, Lonita Schulze and Janice (Bob) Palmbos; two sons, Lonnie (June) Sutton, Jr. and Michael Sutton. He also leaves behind 13 grandchildren, Bryan Schepp, Natalie Darby, Blaine Schepp, Mark Melby, Jane Wigen, Ann Allen, Steve Schulze, Beth Ann Chambers, Jayne Platts, Regina Lindner, Tom Sutton, Christina Newell, and Megan Sutton as well as 29 great-grandchildren and 2 great-great-grandchildren; sister, Elisabeth Eudy; son-in-law, Ben Schepp; as well as friend, Ruth. 

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Audrey; daughter, Sondra Schepp; brother, Leonard; sisters, Ola, Nola and Bernice; and grandson, Brent Schepp.

He led a great long life and will be missed by his family and friends.

Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Karen Hofstad officiating. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery where Military Rites will be conducted. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at St. Clare Meadows Care Center and St. Clare Hospital.

 

 

Frances “Cookie” Setzke, Sauk City

Frances “Cookie” Setzke rejoined the love of her life, Louis Setzke, by following the staircase to heaven he built for them on Monday, February 22, 2016. She was born on December 17, 1941 to Lawrence “Stub” and Carol Lang. She lived in the Sauk Prairie area her entire life and made many local friends through her father’s legacy, Lang’s Restaurant. She will be missed for her giving heart of gold, witty sense of humor, and devotion to family and friends.

Cookie was married to Lou on September 30, 1961. Together in their 54 years of marriage, they were active members of St. Joseph Parish in Baraboo. Cookie was most proud of the life and family she built with Lou: son Mark, his wife Diana and daughter Faith, daughter Holly, her husband Phil Marx, and their children Teyanna (Tyler) Loether and Nathan, and daughter Jennifer. She is survived by her only, favorite brother, Tom (Colleen) Lang and family.

Visitation will be held at 9:00am on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo. A mass service officiated by Father Jay Poster will follow at 11:00am. A private family burial will be held. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family with services.

Judy Gehrke, Baraboo

Judith “Judy” Gehrke, age 103 of Baraboo entered her eternal home on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016 and resided at Our House Assisted Living.
Judy was born Feb. 19, 1913 in the town of Honey Creek to Herbert and Emma (Schroeder) Hager. She married Reinhold Gehrke on Jan. 9, 1932; he preceded her in death on July 22, 2004 after 72 years of marriage. In her earlier life, she worked at McArthur’s Hammock Factory and Flambeau Plastics and enjoyed working with her husband on the farm, until their move to Baraboo. She enjoyed gardening, playing cards, crocheting, bingo and especially polka dancing and traveling.

Judy is survived by her three children, Donna (friend, Ted) Gerhke of Madison, Audrey (Virgil) Belter of Janesville and Robert (Katherine) Gehrke of San Antonio, Texas; seven grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren and five step-grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews, two cousins and many friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Betty; son-in-law, Dave Warner; one sister and three brothers.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in North Freedom where the funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016 at 11 a.m., friends may call from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church; Pastor Andrew Meyer will officiate. Inurnment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom.

Judy was a special person to so many people and she loved you all. She was a strong, compassionate, caring and loving lady and will be dearly missed by those who knew her. We love you mother dear.

The family extends special thanks to the staff of Our House Assisted Living and Agrace Hospice Care for their caring and loving support of our mother. Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, or Agrace Hospice Care.

 

Virginia Eva Conway, Baraboo

Virginia Eva Conway was born June 12, 1923, the daughter of Chris and Eva Schara. She attended St. John’s Lutheran School and graduated from Baraboo High School in 1940. In the early 1940’s she worked in a defense plant in Milwaukee. She was engaged to George Sprecher who was serving his country in WWII but died in a plane crash in North Africa in 1943.

In July 1945 she married Capt. William Hemshrot, a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He served in the Korean War and after returning to the U.S. was stationed at Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta, Georgia. In Sept. 1954, Capt. Hemshrot died in a B-52 plane accident on that base. They had one daughter, Denise.

In July 1961 she was married to Richard Conway. They had one daughter, Kelly, and lived in Baraboo. He preceded her in death in Nov. 1987.

Virginia valued her career as a Professional Secretary, having worked at Industrial Coils, Badger Army Ammunition Plant and 28 years with Wisconsin Power and Light Company retiring in 1991.

She loved and prided her family with high regards. She was always concerned and helpful to others. She enjoyed participating in senior exercise class for the past 15 years, music, cooking, and crafting. She created paper Angels for several years for craft fairs and many friends. Her favorite word was “persevere” and always did just that.

She was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church where she served as Secretary-Treasurer for the Media Ministry Program and volunteered her talents in other areas of church work and St. Clare Meadows.

She is survived by two daughters, Denise (Michael) Bryan of Baraboo, Kelly Conway Miller (Jean Daute) of Stoughton; six grandchildren, Lori (Conor) Smyth, of Madison, Wendy (Jeff) McNabb of Baraboo, Lucas (Megan) Miller of Merrimac, Nicholas and Chelsea Miller of Stoughton; five great-grandchildren, Lydia and Max McNabb, triplets, Garrett, Eamon and Sophia Smyth, Coraline Miller and other relatives and friends. Also, her cat, Poky, who would go on walks with her in a woodsy area where they would sit and listen to Brewer games on her transistor radio; this was also Meditation Time for her.

She was preceded in death by husbands, Capt. Bill Hemsrhot and Richard Conway; her parents, Chris and Eva Schara; two brothers, and five sisters.

Funeral Services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Media Ministry. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

Donna Gray, Baraboo

Donna Gray, who lived in Baraboo for most of her adult life, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016 at her home surrounded by family.

Donna was born on March 19, 1933 to David and Evelyn Trevean near Chili, Wisconsin. Donna spent most of her childhood growing up in Wisconsin Rapids where she met her husband, Dick Gray. Donna and Dick were married on Sept. 23, 1950 and moved to Baraboo shortly thereafter.

Donna worked at Flambeau for several years, as well as St. Mary’s Manor as a nurse’s aide. Donna also worked at Wal-Mart in Baraboo from its opening until 2000.

Donna enjoyed raising her 3 kids and doing family events on the weekends and any other spare time she had. As her kids got older, Donna had so much fun with her grandkids and later with her great-grandchildren. She always wore the grandkids and great-grandkids picture buttons proudly on her vest at work. Donna also enjoyed doing crosswords, reading and the occasional Bingo game.

Donna is survived by her 3 children, Kathy (Andrew) Martinka of Ontario, Wisconsin; Cindy (Cameron) Campbell of Superior, Wisconsin and Jeff (Carol) Gray of Burnsville, Minnesota; grandchildren, Sarah and Matthew Campbell, Andrew Campbell, Laura, Julie and Eric Gray. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren, Samantha, Emily, Grace, Alexis, Porter, Chace and Dawyson. She is further survived by 5 of her siblings and many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends.

Donna was preceded in death by her husband, Dick; her parents, brothers Ken, Rex and Jim as well as a sister, Carolyn; in laws Richard and Lucille Gray and several brothers and sisters-in-law as well as other relatives and many friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, Feb. 26, 2016 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. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery.

 

Leland “Lee” Biastock, Harvard, IL

Leland “Lee” Biastock, age 74, passed away on Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Lee, son of Wesley and Winifred (Brown) Biastock was born May 25, 1941 in Waukegan, Illinois. He graduated high school in Waukegan and was then drafted into the United States Air Force. Lee served as a gunner in a B-52 bomber in Guam during the Vietnam War until his honorable discharge. On Sept. 14, 1968 he was united in marriage to Judy Connell. He started his working career with Common Wealth Edison, working in various positions for almost 30 years until his retirement as substation superintendent. Lee collected trains and was known as ‘father time’ for his punctuality.

He is survived by his wife, Judy; children, Dawn (Kevin) Carson, Michael (Wendy) Biastock, Lisa (James) Bassett, Amy (David) Schultz; 7 grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; as well as other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Dennis.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016 at Harvard Bible Church in Harvard, Illinois with Pastor Darrell Bendorf officiating. The family will receive guests following the service at the church. The Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave., Baraboo, WI 53913 is assisting the family.

JOHN MORGAN SPRECHER, BARABOO

John Morgan Sprecher, age 89, passed away peacefully to meet our Lord on Monday, February 15, 2016 at St. Clare Hospice House in Baraboo, surrounded by his loving family.  John was born to Noble and Harriet Sprecher on May 25, 1926 in Baraboo, attended high school there and entered the Navy when he was 17 years of age.  He served in both the WWII and Korean conflicts.  He was a proud member of the Baraboo Elks Club and a past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus.  

In 1949, he married his life partner, Barbara Ann Lee, to whom he was married for almost 57 years at the time of her passing in 2006.  Together they raised four loving daughters, Susan Sprecher, Stephanie Gaddas, Sandra Horkan of Baraboo and Sharon (Robert) LaRue of Norwalk, WI. 

 

His working career began and ended in the family shoe store business of Red Goose Shoes for well over 40 years.  He loved the Baraboo community where he spent his entire life; many families growing up in the 50s until his retirement were ‘shoed’ at his store.  He might remember your shoe size before he did your name.  He will be thought of my many as the Golden Egg man with the wooden riding horse in the store.

John’s greatest passions in life were God, family and his country.  He was the definition of a devoted husband and doting father; also proud to call himself a good patriot.  He had the distinct privilege of participating in an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. in 2013 to tour the national military monuments.  It was one of the most memorable and treasured experiences of his life, where they received a heroes’ welcome home parade.  Our family is so grateful to a close friend Glenda who made the trip possible for John and his oldest daughter.

 

John’s love of playing cards, gardening and decorating his home during the holidays were appreciated by many who viewed his flowers and well-lit house at Christmas.  He was known as the Red Goose guy by some, Funguli by others, but he will be remembered by all as a man of integrity who was genuine, fun-loving and always happiest when making others laugh and letting them know they were appreciated for being a part of his life. 

 

To our family he was Dad or Papa; he was our leader, the rock and glue of our lives.  He was who we could come to for guidance, gentle advice and complete, unconditional love.  The hole left in our hearts will slowly be filled with treasured memories and gratitude for the legacy he leaves behind, along with the many stories we will tell in his honor.  We are truly blessed and thankful for his moral and spiritual leadership.                                                                                                                                                           

 

John is survived by his devoted daughters;  his granddaughters, Jessica Kolar (Kevin Crawford) and Stacy McMahon (Cory Wetzel); grandsons, MJ Horkan and Rory Horkan (Pam); great-grandchildren, Zoe and Olivia Kolar, David Wetzel, Liridon Horkan; extended grandchildren, Jamie (Mike) Vix, Brandon (Jenny) LaRue and Dustin LaRue; and extended great-grandchildren, Makayla, Ella, Brooks, Livia, Chloe and Cameron.

 

He is also survived by his brothers, Rodney and Bud (Demi) Sprecher and sisters, Nola Sprecher and Shari Schell, all of Baraboo, and a large number of nieces and nephews who grew up knowing and loving their Uncle John for the unique and special man he was to so many.

 

John was preceded in death by his parents, brother George, sisters Mary Krueger and Bonnie Cole, and brothers and sisters-in-law Jackie Sprecher, Richard Krueger, Bill Cole and Tom Schell.

 

The family will celebrate John’s life with a visitation on Friday, February 19, at 10:00 a.m. and a Mass of Christian Burial following at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Baraboo with Father Jay Poster officiating.  Greenwood Memorial VFW Post 987 will perform military rites at the church following the mass. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

We would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Randy Krszjzaniek, whose dedicated care over the years extended our father’s life, and also to Julie Morris and the compassionate caregivers at St. Clare Hospice House.  You have our deepest gratitude.

 

 

Dr. John “Doc” Green

The world lost an extraordinary man on Tuesday, February 9th, when John “Doc” Green passed away peacefully at the St. Clare Hospice House in Baraboo. He lived 87 rich, blessed years.

Doc was born on October 24, 1928 in Solway, Minnesota to parents Mabel (Brown) and John Harry Green. He spent his youth in Bemidji, Minnesota and graduated with the first class of Oak Hills Christian College. He then made his way to International Falls, MN where he worked in the paper mill, at the lake, on the railroad, and found the love of his life, Elsie Eckert.

Doc was known as a teacher, researcher, mechanic, pastor, inventor, storyteller, bird-caller, jokester, and overall classy man. He was a highly intelligent man as a member of the MENSA society. He proudly served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict and later earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees while pastoring churches and raising a family in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa. Doc conducted pioneer biomedical research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Kentucky, and held professorships in the biology departments at Aurora College in Illinois and Huntington College in Indiana. He was instrumental in helping establish the nursing program at Aurora College. Doc and Elsie retired to Baraboo in 1990 in order to be closer to family. He enjoyed his retirement years subbing in the Baraboo School District, working in the yard, and spending time with his family. Doc was a member of New Life Community AC Church in Baraboo, where he served as an elder for many years, taught Sunday School, sang in the choir, and enjoyed visiting members in their homes.

Doc was a botanist, naturalist, and scientist who had a great awe and reverence for our Creator and His creation. He blended his knowledge and faith in the two into a beautiful view of life and the world around us. He loved being outdoors, where his inquisitive nature and child-like wonder came alive. He loved being on the water in boat or canoe, was an avid fisherman and always made sure to stretch the truth on his catching. He was a teacher and mentor to students, friends, and family alike. He lived a life of love, grace, stewardship, service, and gratitude always. True to his values, he donated his body for research at the Mayo Clinic as his final act of teaching and giving. Doc never wavered in his faith and kept his sharp sense of humor through to the very end. While Doc never got around to writing his book, he sure lived it every day.

Doc’s family was his pride and joy. He was most happy when surrounded by family. He leaves behind his wife and best friend Elsie of 63 years, along with three sons, Tim (Carolyn), Dan (Sheila), all of Baraboo,  and Dave, of Cocoa Beach, FL,  and grandchildren Katie, Allyson, Zach, Sarah (Brad) and daughter Baylee Solchenberger, Amy, Kenyon,  Branson, Nichole and son Weston.  Doc’s passing leaves an ache in our hearts, but we look forward to our joyous, eternal reunion!

The Green family would like to say a special thank you to our church family, Dr. James Mathers, Dr. John Phelan, St. Clare Hospital, Home Health and Hospice, the Mayo Clinic and their staff for their loving care of Doc and Elsie.

A memorial celebration of Doc’s life will be held in late Spring.