Glen R. Steinmetz, Baraboo

Glen Robert Steinmetz, 86, of Baraboo passed away on Monday, March 21, 2016 at the Golden Living Center in Wisconsin Dells. Glen was born on May 30, 1929 to Max and Ada (Premo) Steinmetz in Baraboo. He was united in marriage to June Rychecky on July 16, 1950.  

Glen grew up farming with his family. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict, and after returning home he worked at American Motor Company and Badger Ordnance. He then worked for 15 years at Kliens, until his retirement.    

Glen is survived by his children, Robert (Diane) Steinmetz, Dale (Connie) Steinmetz, and Shirley (Cale) Good; four grandsons, Steven (Jenny) Weisheit, Michael (Abby) Steinmetz, Brandon (Theresa Sharkey) Steinmetz, and Tylor Good; 13 great-grandchildren; as well as his brother,  Joseph Steinmetz; and sisters-in-law, Beatrice and Sonja Steinmetz, and Lydia “Cookie” Bailey. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives, friends, and his cat, “Kitty”.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Lyle and Roy; and sister-in-law, Beverly Steinmetz. 

A Memorial Service will be held at 12pm Noon on Monday, March 28, 2016 at the First Church of the Nazarene of Baraboo with Pastor Jonathan Tipton officiating. Visitation will be held from 11am until the time of service at the church. Burial will be held at a later date at the Otter Creek Cemetery in Sumpter Township. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire staff at the Golden Living Center in Wisconsin Dells for their compassionate care.

 

Judie McCaffrey, Baraboo

Loving life and living it to the fullest is how we will always remember Judie (Ronnenberg) McCaffrey, age 71. From twirling her baton in the streets of Independence to the softball fields at Catch for a Cure in Baraboo, everyone had a smile when Judie was near. She passed away peacefully in Baraboo on Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Her journey in life began in Winona, MN, December 9, 1944. For Edwin and Hazel (Selke) Ronnenberg she was the youngest of three children; older sister, Dianne (Robert) Hardtke of Winona, MN and brother Ronald Ronnenberg of Madison, WI. After graduating from Winona Senior High School in 1966, she married and moved to Independence WI where they raised their three children: Kelly (Bill) Bowden, Jeff and Jason (Diane). After working in Independence for many years and even owning her own business, “Mac’s Pizza and More”, Judie (also known as “Juda”) turned in her apron and moved to Madison. After spending several years in Madison she decided to move to Baraboo WI to be near family and spend more time with her grand-daughters Sierra (15) and Bella (11) Bowden. She worked for many years at Menards in Baraboo and made many great friends during her time there. She especially enjoyed get-togethers with family and friends.

Her boys moved to Duluth/Superior area and Jason & Diane blessed Judie with two more loving grandchildren, Jack (6) and Allison (4), which brought more joy and happiness to Judie’s abundant life. Creating precious memories with her kids and grandkids was Judie’s joy and specialty.

Everywhere along her journey Judie made friendships along the way. Her contagious laugh and smile was well known, bringing joy and humor into everyone’s lives. Her bubbly personality was endeared and will always be remembered.

While Judie will be sorrowfully missed, we would like to invite all her friends and family to celebrate her wonderful life on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 1:30pm at St Paul’s Lutheran Church at 727 8th Street in Baraboo, WI. Visitation will start at 12:00pm and go until time of service. Bring your favorite story to share for this beloved woman who changed everyone’s outlook on life. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Baraboo St Clare Hospice House Resident Fund or to the Catch for a Cure. Online condolences for the family may be left at www.redlinfuneral home.com

The family would like to thank St Clare Hospice House for their tender and compassionate care.

 

 

 

Paul D. Henke, Baraboo

Surrounded by his wife and family Paul Dean Henke lost his long and courageous battle with cancer, and has gone to his eternal rest on Friday, March 11, 2016. Paul was born on October 3, 1954 to Dean Lamoine and Eva Ellen (Murphy) Henke in Baraboo.

He grew up on a family farm in the North Freedom area along with his three sisters, Linda, Carol, and Peggy. Paul was a quiet, hardworking, man with strong morals and a gentleness to all who knew him. He took great pride in his children, Benjamin Paul and Forest Daniel who were his proudest accomplishments; and he loved them more than life itself. He met and married his best friend Lisa Cole in 1993 and built a life of love and happiness until the day of his death. Paul enjoyed the simple things in life; camping, bbqing, bowling, fishing and his passion of softball, where he earned his nickname “Smoke.” His family was extremely important to him and he had a quiet zest for life and spending time with loved ones.

Paul is survived by his wife, Lisa; sons, Ben (Michelle) Henke and Forest Henke; grandchildren, Brent and Faith; sisters, Linda (Vern) Denzer, Carol (Dave) Fuller, and Peggy Savage; brothers-in-law, Joel (Linda) Cole, Edgar Cole, Jr., and John Cole; sisters-in-law, Mary (Rick) Stieve, Michelle Griffin, and Tamara (Steve) Braun. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Dean, mother, Eva; mother and father-in-law, Edgar and Bonnievere Cole; his brother, Randy Lee Henke; and brother-in-law, Carl Savage.

Funeral Services will be held at 11am on Thursday, March 17, 2016 at the Redlin Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 from 4-7pm at the funeral home; continued visitation will take place on Thursday from 10am until the time of service. Burial will follow services at the Walnut Hill Cemetery.

 

John Christian, Baraboo

John Christian died peacefully at home in Baraboo, Wisconsin on March 9, 2016 after a valiant struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.  His passion for life, love of his family and friends, and his zest in living was an inspiration to everyone who knew him.  He is survived by his loving wife, Marliese Christian, who will very much miss his companionship after fifty-eight years of marriage.  She tirelessly cared and assisted him as he struggled with his progressive illness.

John was born to Peter and Margaret Christian on September 22, 1930 and grew up in Tating, Germany with his two sisters, Inge Sievers and Friedel Brehm both whom preceded him in death. Leaving post war Germany, he took his single suitcase and immigrated to the United States working on his uncle’s (Louis Flor) farm near DeWitt, Iowa.  He then served in the United States Army as part of the occupation troops in his native Germany.  Soon after returning, he met his wife Marliese Christian and they were married on June 1, 1957 and resided in Davenport, Iowa.  For over thirty years he worked as a millwright mechanic at the Aluminum Company of America Davenport works.  He very much enjoyed his work and family life.  He is survived by his daughter, Dorothy Christian and partner Regula Berger of Basel, Switzerland, his son and daughter-in-law, Roland Christian and Johanna Christian of Green Bay, Wisconsin who will greatly miss his quick wit and sense of humor.

John and Marliese were both involved in the German cultural organization DANK which promoted German language and culture.  John served as treasurer of the Quad Cities DANK group for many years.  John and Marliese both very much enjoyed music and dancing.  He was also a great harmonica player who played an endless progression of German Folk songs.  The couple eventually moved to Baraboo, Wisconsin when John retired and Baraboo quickly became their new hometown.  John and the family built a home on an acreage near Baraboo where the couple spent most of their retirement years.  John was a regular member of the American Legion Post 26 and the VFW of Baraboo.  He always enjoyed serving in the honor guard and helping fry brats for fundraising events.   John and Marliese enjoyed many wonderful years “up on the hill” with their four grandchildren, Sarah Christian, Laura Christian, Johannes Christian, and Karlton Christian-Williams.  He immensely enjoyed his grandchildren and was present at all their life events.  The grandkids will dearly miss their departed Opa.

A special thanks to the residents and staff of Oak Park Place in Baraboo for all their help and support in these difficult times.  Also special thanks to Agrace Hospice of Baraboo and the Golden Living facility in Wisconsin Dells for their excellent care of John.  In lieu of flowers, we ask for donations in memory of John Christian to the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, 517 N. Segoe Road, Suite 301, Madison, Wisconsin 53705 or online at www.alzwisc.org

Funeral Services will be held at 1pm on Wednesday, March 23, 2016 at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave. Baraboo with Pastor Karen Hofstad officiating. Visitation will be held from 11am until the time of service a the funeral home. He will be buried at the Davenport Memorial Park in Davenport, IA.

Robert L. Smith, Baraboo formerly of Marshall

Robert “Bob” L. Smith, 76, of Baraboo passed away on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at his home, surrounded by his family. He was born on May 21, 1939 to Marvin and Susan (Meyer) Smith in Beaver Dam. Robert was united in marriage to Catherine A. Schlough on October 12, 1974 at Bringham Park in Mt. Horeb.  

He received his Bachelor of Arts degree at the Lawrence University in 1961, and was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006. He was a teacher for 35 years, he eventually retired in 2000 from Marshall High School after nearly 20 years. He also spent many years as a high school coach. After retiring from teaching Bob started driving school bus which he thoroughly enjoyed. He was an avid Packer fan, and collector of sports memorabilia. He will be remembered as a garage sale entrepreneur.    

Above all his family was the most important part of his life, especially his grandchildren.  

Bob is survived by his wife of nearly 42 years, Catherine; his children, Robert (Theresa) Smith, Laura (Dan Geffert) Mahaney, and Linda (Jeff) Vetor; eight grandchildren, Heather (Reid) Broughton, Hollie (Justin) Bauer, Megan (Jake) Bell, Tayt Rasmussen, Terance Teresinski, and Benjamin, Ayden, and Brynn Smith; and a great-grandchild expected in September. He is further survived by his siblings, Steven Smith and Dinah Calhoun.  

He was preceded in death by his parents. 

Per his wishes a private ceremony was held. The family would like to extend a special thank you to Agrace Hospice for their wonderful care and compassion. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Betty J. Wolfrath, Elko, NV

Betty J. Wolfrath, age 94,  passed  away on February 27, 2016  at Highland Village in Elko, NV. She was born on July 23, 1921 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Floyd L. Watkins and Ethel D. Watkins.  She was the 9th of 11 children.  Her mother died when she was 9 years old.  The family moved to New London, Wisconsin, where her father became superintendent of a furniture factory.  She married Richard B. Mathewson in 1937 and had one daughter Margaret Anne. Betty lived in Baraboo during World War II and worked for a time at O’Keefe’s Grocery Store and Badger Ordnance. She married  Adolph Wolfrath in 1948 and lived in Neenah, Wisconsin. She moved back to Baraboo in 1984 to live with her sister Ila. She had a beautiful voice and sang throughout her lifetime including singing at funerals as a member of Greenwood Memorial POST 987 Auxiliary. She worked at St. Clare Meadows in the ice cream parlor for 14 years. She loved her job at the Meadows, but retired at age 80 . She was involved in the community as she belonged to the Senior Center and helped prepare bulletins for both Senior Center and the Aging and Disability Center.  She helped with the hot lunch program for seniors for many years. She loved to sing and did singing at the nursing home for the residents and at the Senior Center along with others singing old time songs.  She also belonged to the Senior fitness program. Betty was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church and sang in the choir for many years and was a member of one of the ladies circles.  She was loved by many with her wonderful personality and bright cheery smile. She moved to Elko, Nevada in September of 2015 to be near her daughter.

She is survived by her daughter Margaret A. Albrecht (Stephen); four grandchildren: Martin (Paula) Kamps, Becky (Mike) Spencer, Larry (Laurel) Kamps  and Connie (Loren) Schubert; 10 great-grandchildren: Mardi Kamps, Garret (Delynn) Kamps, Brooke (Harley) Neel, Bridget (Malcolm) McCaskill, Mikaela VanHorst, Landon (Sayuri) Kamps, Douglas (Erin) Schubert, David Schubert, Nicholas Schubert, Nicole (Kevin) Jones; 5 great-great-grandchildren: Alec Johnson, Claire Kamps, Isabelle Kamps, Haddon Kamps, Amelia Schubert;  and one brother Floyd (Barbara) Watkins II of Appleton, Wisconsin; and many nieces and nephews.   She was cared for especially by her niece, Marlene Powell, and her three daughters, Sue Martinson, Diane Krueger and Rebecca Hill, and her nephews, Dale, and Thomas Monsour.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Floyd and Ethel Watkins; sisters, Ila Smith, Crystal Monsour, Thelma Watkins, Velma Opperman, Retha Baldwin; brothers, Paul Watkins, Ronald Watkins, Wayne Watkins, and her baby brother Robert Watkins.

She will be missed but she is now free of pain and safe with Jesus in heaven. Funeral services will be held at 10:00am at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Baraboo, Wisconsin on March 8, 2016 with Pastor Karen Hofstad officiating. Visitation 9:00am until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. A Memorial Service will also be held at Highland Estates in Elko, Nevada on March 9, 2016 at 10:00. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

 

 

Karen Dombroski, Baraboo

Karen Dombroski, age 67 of Baraboo passed away on Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016 at Meriter Hospital in Madison. Karen, daughter of Fritz and Gladys (Hewitt) Steinke was born Aug. 31, 1948. She was employed by the Wisconsin Dells Greyhound Racing track for six years and later worked for several years as a manager of a local gas station in the Baraboo/Portage area. In her free time she enjoyed attending Freedom in Christ Church and spending time with her Bible class. Joys in her life were her many nieces and nephews.

She is survived by siblings Elizabeth McWane, William (Clella) Steinke, David (Diane) Steinke, Mary Bonnin, Rochelle (Eddie) Nelson, Linda (Jeff) Klean; special niece, Melanie Reeson as well as other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands, Richard “Papa” Gregory and Jack Dombroski; and her son, Ricky Gregory.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 4, 2016 at Freedom In Christ Church, 409 4th St. in Baraboo with Pastor Randy Zeman officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.