Helen Behnke, Baraboo

Helen Behnke, age 98, of Baraboo, passed away on April 28, 2016 at St. Clare Meadows.

Helen was born on June 5, 1918 to Russell Angell and Eunice Jambois Angell in Genoa, WI.  The family later moved to Baraboo where Helen graduated from Baraboo High School and where she continued to live for the rest of her life.  She married Donald Behnke on January 1, 1936 and they have been happily married for 80 years.  She worked during WWII at the Baraboo Army Ammunition Plant.  Helen and Don lived in the same home on 11th St in Baraboo up until five years ago when they were no longer able to care for themselves.  They then went to Oak Park Place and lived together in assisted living until they had to split a few years ago as Helen became too ill to remain there. Since that time, she has been residing at Jefferson Meadows and her husband at Oak Park Place.  Her husband visited her every chance that he got and they could often be found napping together as they held hands.  

Helen’s passion in life was golf and she enjoyed playing whenever she got a chance.  She was a long time member of the Baraboo Country Club until she was physically no longer able to swing a club.  She and Don also enjoyed traveling and bird watching.  She enjoyed visiting with friends and family, telling old family stories, until she became too disoriented to do so. She had a heart of gold and a wonderful sense of humor.  She is now swinging her golf clubs in Heaven.  

Helen is survived by her husband Donald (age 102), Baraboo; nieces Jill (Fred) Quandt, Baraboo; Patricia Harry, CO; nephew David (Barbara) Angell, Oshkosh a great-nephew Jeremiah (Melissa) Angell, Portage as well as several great-nieces and their children. 

Helen was preceded in death by her parents and brother Milton Angell as well as several sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law and nephews and nieces.  

Graveside services will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Pine Hill Cemetery in Rock Springs. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Gordon Herfort, Baraboo

Gordon Herfort, age 79 of Baraboo, passed away on April 27, 2016 at his home.  He was born on April 22, 1937 to Rodney and Janice Herfort in Baraboo.  He graduated from Baraboo High School in 1955.  He was employed at Circus City Printers as a printer until it closed.  Gordon was then employed by the Baraboo School system as a custodian.  He thoroughly enjoyed the kids, teachers and staff he worked with until he retired.  Gordon loved nature and going for long rides which always ended at Devils Lake where he spent much of his childhood swimming and boating.

Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, uncle and aunt Vilas and Charlotte Flatow and great niece Mallory Henrikson. 

Gordon is survived by niece Melody Link, great nephew Kyle Henrikson, special friends Robert and Betty Bertram and Alice and Mike Staples. 

A private burial will take place at a later date. 

Kinnsley Rae Bak, Baraboo

Kinnsley Rae Bak infant daughter of Kailyn Bak and Christopher Barebo came into this world too soon and was taken into the arms of angels on Friday, April 22, 2016 at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo; weighing only 11oz and measuring 10in long.

Left to grieve the loss of our sweet Kinnsley are the maternal and paternal grandparents, as well as uncles, aunts, and cousins.

A private Memorial Service will be held at a later date. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Clarence “David” Lake, Middleton

Clarence “David” Lake, age 69 of Middleton, formerly of Baraboo passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Clarence, son of Clarence and Bernice (Ferguson) Lake was born Aug. 1, 1946. He was a member of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Baraboo and Middleton.

Survivors include his siblings, Joyce Lake, Flo (Fran) Gonzagowski, Larry Lake, Leland Lake and Donald (Cathy) Lake as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

David is now reunited with parents and special dog, Tippy.

A Memorial Service will be held at 11AM on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo with Lay Minister George Burgess officiating. Visitation will be held from 10AM until the time of service at the funeral home. A private family burial will take place at Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to UW Hospital, especially Dr. Lawrence and Dr. Newcomer, as well as all the nursing care facilities that took such good care of Clarence.

 

John H. Litscher, Baraboo

John Henry Litscher, 88, of Baraboo passed away on Monday, April 18, 2016 at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo. He was born on March 31, 1928 to John and Mae (Tooley) Litscher in Baraboo. John was united in marriage to Joyce Sinner on March 5, 1949 at the First United Methodist Church in Baraboo. 

John was a dairy farmer for 43 years. He was very active in the community have served on the Sauk County Fair Board where he was president for 35 years, Fairfield Town Board as a Supervisor for 25 years, Public Relations, grounds and maintenance for 25 years. He was also a member of the Elk’s for 47 years where he served as the Chairman of the Bowling Committee and the Children’s Christmas Party for many years, Owl’s Club for 45 years, he was Director for 4 years of the Wisconsin Dairies Board, Wisconsin Association of Fairs for 6 years, and served on the State Fair Board for several years. He was a longtime member of the First United Methodist Church in Baraboo. John enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing. He also like to go bowling, play cards, and Yahtzee.  

John is survived by his wife of 67 years, Joyce; children, Johnny Litscher of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Jerry (Patricia Cummings) Litscher, Joe (Karen) Litscher, Jim (Eva Wink) all of Baraboo; grandchildren, Jeremy Litscher, Justin (Tara) Litscher, Julie (Sean) Goodman, Jeanette (Paul) Rock, Erin (Pat) Cassidity, Dan (Ashley) Litscher, Jackie, and Jenna Litscher; great-grandchildren, Madison and Charlison Litscher, Ethan and Mya Goodman, Althea Rock, Kaylee, Ryan and Quinn Cassidity, and Ali, Adi, and Stella Litscher. He is further survived by his sister, Elaine Pierce; sisters-in-law, Joan Litscher, Marge Litscher and Mary Sinner; and brother-in-law, Gene (Audrey) Sinner; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Pete and Bob Litscher; sisters, Lorene (Royce) Harrison, Evelyn (Orlin) Trager; and brother-in-law, Jim Pierce. 

Funeral Services will be held at 11AM on Monday, April 25, 2016 at the First United Methodist Church in Baraboo with Pastor Marianne Cotter officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo from 3-5PM; continued visitation will take place Monday at the church from 10AM until the time of service. Burial will follow service at Walnut Hill Cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the doctors and nursing staff of the St. Clare Hospital and St. Clare Meadows Care Center for their loving, compassionate care.   

Christopher Paulson, 49, died unexpectedly at his home in Reedsburg, WI on April 17, 2016. Christopher was born in Minneapolis to Cliff and Sharon Paulson on February 10, 1967. He graduated from Winona Public Schools and Winona State University, and went to work as a manager for the K-Mart store in Baraboo. He soon decided to return to the University to become a teacher.  

Chris was preceded in death by Joanie Przytarski, Jerry Knutson, Rudy Przytarski and infant daughter, Samantha Paulson.

Christopher is survived by his loving wife, Susan Przytarski Paulson, three amazing children, Alex, Andrew, and Spencer all of whom currently attend Winona State University, brothers Erik of Balsam Lake, WI, Archie of Madison, WI and Clifford of Winona, MN and by his parents, Clifford and Sharon of Amery, WI. 

Chris and Sue were married in 1989. He especially enjoyed outdoor activities with his family. They spent vacations traveling, hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking.  Christopher loved the Boundary Waters and the Maroon Belles of Colorado. Every niece and nephew held a special place in his heart. He was beautiful and an amazing father!

There will be a Remembrance and Celebration of Life at the home of his family on Saturday, April 23, 2016 from 12-3 in the afternoon. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Lucy Weiss, Baraboo

Lucy (Morawetz) Weiss was born July 9, 1921 to Rudolf and Dorothea Morawetz in Vienna, Austria. She peacefully passed away to go with God on April 16, 2016.

In 1939 Lucy traveled on the Kindertrain to England. She was a German/English translator in the hospital for the Medical Doctors working in surgery.

In 1941 she came to the USA aboard a freighter, carrying other Holocaust survivors.

Lucy is survived by two daughters, Deanna Sue Weiss (Gary Dale Allen) and Francis Fay Alu (Leonard Alu) both of Baraboo; one granddaughter, Trudy Ann Maatta, Lindenhurst, IL., one great grandson Mitchell Richard Maatta, and one great-great granddaughter, Gracie Ann Maatta; niece, Ann (Jordon) Fox of Fox Point; and great-niece, Lauren and great-nephew, Stephen, great-great-nieces, Kyra, Kendra, Molly and Tess; nephew, Michael (Pat) Bisham and children of London, England.

Lucy is also survived by very special friends, David and Shirley Emin, of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

After moving to Baraboo, she worked at various department stores in Baraboo: Herberger’s, J.C. Penny and Quinlins. For 14 years she worked at Darrow’s Country Market as a checker before retirement.

Lucy was a life time member of the Baraboo Theatre Guild. She enjoyed bowling and was on a Baraboo bowling league. She loved going on organized wildlife hikes in the Baraboo area.

Lucy enjoyed the outdoors helping her daughter Susie at Domino Stables. Lucy preferred not to get too close to the horses, but she loved watching and helping everyone.

In 2000 Lucy moved in with Susie and Gary enjoying her days either riding her scooter around the property or sitting with her faithful companion Tipper.

Lucy was preceded in death by her ex-husband, Hans Martin Weiss, Baraboo, parents, Rudolf and Dorothea Morawetz, Vienna, Austria, sister Edith (John) Bisham, England. Sister-in law and Brother-in-law, Berthold and Ilse Hessel, Milwaukee.

We thank and appreciate Dr. Eric Hamburg and St. Croix Hospice for their help, guidance and support in Lucy’s final days of life.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Redlin Funeral Home on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 11 a.m. with Allen Paschen and Rabbi Danial Brenner giving the rites. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the funeral home.

 

 

 

 

Betty Mae Wendt, Baraboo

Betty Mae Wendt, 88, of Baraboo passed away on April 16, 2016 surrounded by family at St. Clare Hospice House in Baraboo.

Betty was born on Sept. 5, 1927 to Jesse and Dolly Decker in Reedsburg. On June 8, 1946 she married Lester Wendt and they raised 6 children and two brothers. She moved to Baraboo in 2002.

She and Lester worked a large dairy farm and raised a family of whom they were most proud. Betty volunteered for many charitable and civic organizations. She was very successful in sales for the Merrimac Shopper Stopper. She also worked at Devils Head Resort for many years.

Betty stated that her greatest achievement in life was her wonderful family, and asked, “don’t cry for me when I’m gone, I had a long and wonderful life”.

She is survived by her children, Barbara (Ronald) Dobrinska, Beverly Higgins, Mike Wendt, Becky (Gary) Jenkins, and Lonnie Wendt; 8 grandchildren; 6 great-grandchildren, her sister, Evelyn (Gene) Thompson and brother, Richard (Janice) Decker and many nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by husband, Lester; son, Larry Wendt; grandsons, Cameron Wendt and Nicholas Wendt; brothers, Gerald, Donald and William Decker and Joe DuVall; son-in-law, Gene Higgins.

Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 23, 2016 at United Methodist Church in Merrimac with Pastor Roxi Gnatzig officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Merrimac.

The family would like to thank the staff at St. Clare Hospice House for the compassionate care their mom received during her short stay there.

The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Dorothy B. Ramsey, Fairfield

Dorothy B. Ramsey, age 96 of Fairfield passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2016 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center. She is survived by daughter, Judy Hickernell; son, Robert Fay; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and her brother, Eugene Adams.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, LeRoy Fay; second husband, Glen Ramsey and her brother, Charles Adams.

A private family burial will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery at a later date.

Frederick Kuhl, Baraboo

 

We choose to remember Frederick William Kuhl as the man he was and not the man who he became while in the grip of Alzheimer’s disease. His was a life filled with service and meaning. Through his work as an educator, he changed the lives of countless young people. The boys who played football on his teams learned what it meant to be good men, the joy of teamwork, and that winning has its benefits, but so does losing. He was our mother’s husband and our dad, these are the roles he deeply loved, and he was proud of his family. 

Charles and Martha Kuhl welcomedFred, theirfourth and last child, on January 25, 1932. He was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck, and it was a blessing he survived. He was so small he fit in a shoebox. His mother kept him warm by placing him on the opened door of the farmhouse’s oven. He grew strong and excelled in football, and was nicknamed “Ace” Kuhl by the Lake Mills newspaper because of his skills as a kicker. 

 He was commissioned on March 17, 1951, and he served as a Navy hospital corpsman in Korea. He was spared an almost certain death when he asked to take leave to visit his brother Charles, who was also in the service. While the brothers were reunited for the first time in two years, Dad’s unit was sent into a battle zone and all perished.   

 

He was the first in his family to enter the world of higher education. He attended Santa Ana Junior College and was a proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin. He understood that education was important.  He met Mary Wolf in 1957. She was a waitress at the Ox Yoke in Jefferson, and he worked at the Purina dog food factory. He lunched often at the Ox Yoke. Family lore has it that one day Mom was working and she saw Dad’s reflection in the milkshake machine. She heard a voice say, “You’re going to marry that man.” She shook it off as nonsense, but then one thing lead to another, and on August 16, 1958 they were married. 

He taught physical education in Poynette, Fall River, Woodruff, Wisconsin Dells, and was athletic director in Rhinelander. He coached football, wrestling and basketball at various times in his career. But football was his passion. In 1992, he was inducted into the Wisconsin High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame, and his name remains enshrined in the atrium of Lambeau Field.

A child of the Depression, he worked hard to provide for his family. He said countless times he wanted to give us a better life, and he did. He was not perfect nor was his life always easy.  He stood by his convictions.  He led by example, and we strive to make him proud each day. He had his flaws. He was bull-headedand knew there was only one way to do something: his way.  But he gave of himself to his church, his community and he lived a life filled with love for his faith, his family and football.

As his children, we remember him playing with us on the living room floor. We see him on Lake Mason casting a rod with his fishing partner and faithful Westie, Leo. We hear his unique singing voice echoing through church. We picture him coaching football from the sidelines. We hear the stories of our classmates and others whose lives were changed by his words and deeds. We relish the comfort that comes as we recall listening to his voice reading Bible passages to our mother as they lay in bed each night.  We feel his strength and his spirit all around us. 

He left us too soon, but we are grateful that he is no longer held in the prison of Alzheimer’s disease. We hold close the beautiful moments each of us has had with him in recent years. Even though we endured the pain of watching him fade away, the moments when he came back to us, as Fred or as Dad, will guide us as we navigate the difficult times ahead. His life would have never been long enough for those of us who loved him. Even though we are heartbroken, it was a blessing when his journey here ended on Sunday, April 10, 2016 at the age of 84.

He leaves behind his beloved wife of 57 years, Mary; son, Daniel (Margaret);daughters, Sara (Earle Young) and Laura; grandchildren Patrick (Lauren) Kuhl, Elizabeth (Jason) Petrella and Eileen Young; and his very special great-granddaughter, Everleigh Eve Petrella and a new great-grandson, Luca Frederick Patrick Petrella; and many other family members including Bill (Paula) Hartman and countless friends.

We know that the staff at Oak Park Place’s Autumn Lane share in our grief. We will be forever grateful for the loving care they provided during the nine months that Dad lived there. We would also like to thank the staff from Agrace Hospice for their love and support. 

Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Saturday, April 16 at Emanuel United Methodist Church, Baraboo. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to the Heather Johnson Memorial Scholarship at Wisconsin Dells Education Foundation, Attn: Bob and Diana Johnson, Administrators, P.O. Box 533, Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965 or the charity of your choice.