Clarence E. Harmel, Baraboo

Clarence Edward Harmel, age 91 of Baraboo passed away on Monday, June 27, 2016 at St. Clare Hospital with his wife by his side. Clarence, son of Edward and Elsie (Stackman) Harmel was born on March 19, 1925 in Baraboo.

He attended St. John’s Lutheran School. On March 23, 1946 he was united in marriage to Clara Mortensen. Clarence proudly served in the US Army during WW II in Belgium; he received the Purple Heart for his time in the service. Clarence was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, the American Legion and VFW. In his free time he enjoyed woodworking, collecting miniature trucks and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include his loving wife of 70 years, Clara; children, Connie (Rodger) Dale, Bob Harmel, and Linda (Lee) Petersen; six grandchildren, Matt, Mike, Jennifer, Chris, Victoria, and Kristie; 10 great-grandchildren; as well as other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Doris Woodworth, Maurine Ziegler and Nancy Reimer.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, July 11, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Carl Schroeder officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery where military rites will be conducted. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Dr. Robert C. “Bob” Dewel, Baraboo

Dr. Robert C. “Bob” Dewel of Baraboo died on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, following a brief hospitalization at the age of 96.

Bob was born December 9, 1919, in Algona, Iowa, the fifth son of William C. and Emma Louise (Patton) Dewel. After graduating from Algona High School in 1937, he attended Grinnell College and the University of Iowa, from which he graduated in 1942 with degrees in Science and Dentistry. He was a member of Sigma Chi social and Psi Omega dental fraternities.

On August 30, 1942, Bob married the love of his life, Helen D. Chubb of Algona, at the Little Brown Church in the Vale. Shortly thereafter, he served in the 57th Field Corps and 111th Combat Engineers as a dentist in World War II from December 1942 to May 1946. During nearly two years in the European Theatre of Operations, Bob rose to the rank of Captain and served in the Battle of the Bulge.

Following the war, Bob practiced dentistry in his home state of Iowa; in 1961, he moved to Baraboo and purchased the dental practice of Dr. Clausen Stekl. In Baraboo, he joined the First United Methodist Church and Kiwanis, serving in President, Lt. Governor, and pianist roles over the next 50 years. Bob also served his profession as a member of the State Dental Society Ethics Committee.

After retiring from 43 years of dentistry in 1985, Bob served as a tireless volunteer and contributor to numerous local organizations, including as a docent and organist at the Al. Ringling Theatre, at the Circus World Museum, in support of the Sauk County Historical Society. Bob was frequently recognized for his contributions, including as the 1991 recipient of the Dippel Community Service Award and 2015 recipient of Baraboo’s Gem Award.

In addition, Bob was a prolific writer and historian through his retirement, publishing over 500 local history articles in the News Republic and multiple volumes of books.  He received the third annual Canfield Award from the Historical Society in 2005 and was an avid student of the life of Benjamin Franklin.

Surviving are the Dewels’ daughters, Barbara (Jon) Brightman of Puerto Rico and Shirley (Richard) Riederer of Naperville, Illinois, and cherished grandchildren, Caitlin and Emily Riederer.

In addition to his wife and son David Robert, who died in infancy, Bob was preceded in death by his parents and four brothers: Duane, Tod, Gordon, and Don.

Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at First United Methodist Church, with Pastor Marianne Cotter officiating. Military rites and interment will follow at the Walnut Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday, June 27, from 4:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the Al. Ringling Theatre and from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Robert C. & Helen C. Dewel Fund at the Greater Sauk County Community Foundation to benefit the Al. Ringling Theatre’s organ, the First United Methodist Church, or to a charity of your choice. 

The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

James L. Theisen, Baraboo

 James L. “Jim” Theisen, age 81 of Baraboo passed away on Thursday, June 23, 2016 at home. He was born on Oct. 12, 1934 in Roxbury. On Oct. 12, 1962 he was united in marriage to Mildred “Millie” K. Frey; together they spent 52 years in the home they built together in Baraboo.
Jim was a master stone mason; his reputation was such that the City of Chicago sought him out to rebuild the Buckingham Fountain. He was a member of the Wisconsin Stone Masons Union. We will miss playing euchre with Jim and his grandchildren will miss dancing Polka with him.  Jim stayed and cared for his wife in their home until her passing.
Survivors include his grandson, Scott H. McKinney of Madison; granddaughter, Andrea (McKinney) Rodrigues-Pavao of Verona; daughter-in-law, Linda A. (McKinney) Carr of Fitchburg as well as three great-grandchildren, Bram K. McKinney of Madison, Katherine A. McKinney of Madison and Kiria T. Rodrigues-Pavao of Verona; sisters, Sally Culp of Madison and Shirley Reutter of Findley, Ohio as well as other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Millie on Sept. 17, 2014 and his son, Kenneth P. McKinney in 1999.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 2, 2016 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 1, 2016 from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home as well as from 10 a.m. until the time of mass at the church. Inurnment will take place at 1:30 p.m. at St. Aloysius Cemetery in Sauk City.

Sarah A. Holm, Baraboo

Sarah Anne Holm, age 23 of Baraboo, passed away suddenly June 11 after striking a tree while driving.

Sarah was born April 5, 1993 in Pune, India. She came to America on April 7, 1995 and was adopted by David and Christine Holm. Although confined to a wheelchair since age 16 because of a spinal cord tumor, Sarah became a spokesperson for the American Family Children’s Hospital and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. With the help of these two organizations, Sarah learned how to ski adaptively and earned a place on the 2014 U.S. Paralympic Ski Team.

Although her life was short, it was filled with amazing opportunities and the people who helped make them happen. We would like to thank Dr. Kenneth Noonan for helping Sarah to ride a bike, dance and ski when she was young. Dr. Bermans Iskandar performed the delicate surgeries that halted the advance of the tumor, and he was her biggest Paralympic fan. Throughout her skiing career, Cascade Mt. Owner Robb Walz supported her as she worked to become an Olympic caliber racer. Dr. Sharilyn Munneke was always willing to write a referral and complete a form. Sarah’s life was so much better due to your caring professionalism.

Thank you to Starlene, Eric and Scott who devoted 3 winters of their lives as mentor and coaches in Colorado to help Sarah excel in her sit ski. Thank you, Travis for the gift of adaptive waterskiing and thank you Tracie  Bowers, Sarah’s mentor and favorite teacher at Madison College. Both of  you saw the great potential in Sarah and guided her lovingly to push herself to her full capabilities.

Sarah’s friends were everything to her and she cherished each and every one.  You helped her through her roughest times, supported her when she was down, and rejoiced with her the rest of the time.  You are too numerous to mention, but you all know who you are.

Although Sarah had a disability, it was easy to forget.  Sarah had the most amazing positive attitude and was always making others smile and laugh.  She made fun of herself, and while doing so, made everyone else comfortable and at ease.

Sarah’s joy for life was palpable and spontaneous.  She was always willing to try new things and encouraged others to do so also. 

Sarah is survived by her parents, David and Christine Holm of Baraboo, a brother Matt, a maternal grandmother, Marjorie Ahlf, 2 aunts, 2 uncles, 3 cousins.

Visitation will be held Wednesday June 15 from 4-7 pm. at the Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo.  Funeral services will be held at 6pm on Thursday, June 16 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo, with visitation beginning at 5pm.  A social gathering will follow the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a memorial donation to a sustaining scholarship fund which will be established in Sarah’s name. 

John Elmer Hehenberger, Baraboo

John Elmer Hehenberger, age 84 of Baraboo passed away on Thursday, June 9, 2016 at Meadowview Assisted Living in Baraboo. John, son of Elmer and Lucille Hehenberger was born Dec. 21, 1931 in Sauk City. On Sept. 15, 1951 he was united in marriage to Beverly Hill; she preceded him in death on July 8, 2007. On Jan. 10, 1952 he enlisted in the United States Army and proudly served during the Korean War until his honorable discharge on Oct. 9, 1953. John owned and operated Baraboo Implement for over 40 years. He was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church. In his free time he enjoyed restoring Massey Ferguson tractors and visiting with the farmers and friends that would stop in his shop.
Survivors include his many nieces and nephews, and close friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Bev and his brother Robert Hehenberger.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, June 13, 2016 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Baraboo with Pastor Marianne Cotter officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery where military rites will be conducted. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Badger Steam and Gas. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Vera Candace Dwars, Baraboo

Vera Candace Dwars, age 95 of Baraboo, passed away on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 at Oak Park Place in Baraboo.
Vera, the daughter of the late Arthur and Rose (Bisch) Gomon was born Sept. 21, 1920 in Baraboo. She graduated from Baraboo High School and attended Madison Business College. She was employed for 33 years as Chief Clerk, Employment at Olin Corporation, Badger Army Ammunition Plant before retiring in 1984.

On Oct. 17, 1953, she was united in marriage to Ralph William Dwars in Dubuque, Iowa. He preceded her in death on June 19, 1979. Vera was a life-long member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and belonged to the Daughters of Isabella and the Council of Catholic Women.
She enjoyed traveling, playing cards, knitting, canning and baking, playing bingo and praying the rosary.
She is survived by a brother, Bernard (Bev) Gomon of Plano, Texas; two sisters, Gladys Marini of Baraboo and Elaine (Marvin) Pellett of Shell Lake; nieces; nephews, other relatives and friends.

In addition to her parents and her husband, Ralph, Vera was preceded in death by sisters, Betty Gomon and Henrietta Marini; as well as a sister-in-law and brothers-in-law.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Baraboo with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church. There will be a Daughters of Isabella rosary at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday at church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Parish Annual Fund or St. Vincent de Paul Society, Baraboo. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Vickie L. Oelke, Wisconsin Dells

Vickie L. Oelke, age 61 of Wisconsin Dells passed away Monday, June 6, 2016. Vickie, daughter of Auggie and Laura Kuball was born Oct. 2, 1954 in Baraboo. She was a graduate of Baraboo High School.  

Vickie worked at Blackhawk Motel in the housekeeping department for the last 19 years. She loved crocheting, tending to her flowers but most of all she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren. Her family will remember her for being a very caring and giving mother and friend. She had a great love for her dogs.

Survivors include her children, Jason (Rochelle) Oelke, Laura Oelke, Eileen Oelke, Samantha Oelke and Donald Oelke; grandchildren, Devon, Isaac, Ryan, Jade, Treyvor, Ethan, McKenzie, Lillian and expecting her 9th grandchild this August. She is further survived by her mother, Laura Kuball; as well as three siblings and the father of her children, Brian Oelke and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her father; and her brother, Larry “Squeak” McNurlen.

A Celebration of Life will take place at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 17, 2016 at Haskin’s Park in Baraboo. Visitation will be held from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at the park. Memorials may be made to the family.

The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Jacob M. Bachman, Baraboo

 Jacob M. Bachman, age 24 of Baraboo, passed away on Monday, May 30, 2016 as the result of an automobile accident.
Jacob, son of Tod and Jennifer (Moffet) Bachman was born on Dec. 10, 1991 in Moline, Ill. He was a 2010 graduate of Baraboo High School. Jacob furthered his studies by attending the University of Wisconsin-Stout and graduating with a degree in Construction Management. During the summers of high school and college Jacob worked for the Baraboo High School maintenance department. He worked at Pizza Ranch in Baraboo for almost 10 years and would even come back when needed after moving to Mosinee to work for American Asphalt. He was a member of the 2008 state track team in the 4 x 400 relay. Jacob was an avid Packer fan and loved Ford trucks. In his free time he enjoyed hiking, disc golf, fishing, golf, and spending time outdoors. He will be remembered for being a great friend that would do anything for anybody.
Survivors include, his parents Tod and Jeni Bachman; sister, Samantha Bachman all of Baraboo; paternal grandfather, Merlin (Donna) Bachman of Lee Center, Ill.; paternal grandmother, Marcia (Dave) Dengler of Rock Falls, Ill.; maternal grandmother, Patsy Moffet of East Moline, Ill.; aunts, Michelle (Maurice) Pratt of St. Paul, Minn., Kelly (Jerry) Rule of Freeport, Ill.; uncle, Chad (Courtney Reubin) Bachman of Seattle, Wash.; as well numerous cousins, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, Larry Moffet.
Funeral Services will be held on Monday, June 6, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2016 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the family to be used towards a BHS memorial track scholarship.