Dorothy Steinhoff, Baraboo formerly of Cuba City

Dorothy June Steinhoff formerly of Cuba City, went to find peace with her Lord on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at Oak Park Place.

Dorothy was born June 15, 1924 to the late Herbert and Velda Splinter. She married Clifford Steinhoff in 1945 and to this union three children were born. Dorothy was a long time employee of the Telegraph Herald and then retired from the Shopping News. After retiring they spent many winters in Florida. Dorothy enjoyed sports, gardening, fishing and doing grafts. She especially enjoyed spending time with her family. She cherished time spent with her grandchildren. She was high spirited and sassy but at the same time had a very kind heart. She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo.

Dorothy is survived by three children, Ron (Kathy) Steinhoff of Cincinnati, Ohio, Dennis (Laura) Steinhoff of Rockford, Illinois and Sonia (Dean) Carter of Baraboo, Wisconsin; nine grandchildren, Peter (Mary), Josh (Michell), Liz (John), Sarah, Regina (Bryan), Ryan, Leah, Nick and Terra; five great-grandchildren, Tyler, Junior, Hannah, Grace and Jack; former daughter-in-law, Susan Spahn as well as several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Cuba City on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. with a luncheon to follow. Memorials may be made to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Baraboo.

A very special Thank You to the staff at Oak Park Place and Dr. Danny Sessler for amazing compassion and care you always gave “the sassy one”.

The Redlin Funeral Home of Baraboo is assisting the family.

Lynn Zick, North Freedom

Lynn Kay Zick, age 59 of North Freedom/Denzer passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at her home. Lynn, daughter of John and Catherine (Liddicoat) Bainbridge was born on March 26, 1957. She graduated from Baraboo High School, Class of 1975. She was united in marriage to Keith Olson in 1986; he preceded her in death in 2000.  On Sept. 15, 2007 she was united in marriage to Keith Zick at First United Methodist Church in Baraboo. Lynn was employed by Sauk County for 22 years in county government service, most of which being for the Sauk County UW Extension Office. She was an avid Wisconsin sports fan. She was a creative soul who loved gardening, various craft projects and attending concerts and plays and watching the UW Marching Band. Lynn was a member of the Sauk County Homemakers and Sauk County Master Gardeners. She was strongly involved in the church community in Baraboo and Leland. In her free time she enjoyed tending to her gardens which provided endless amounts of fruit, vegetables and flowers.
Survivors include her loving husband, Keith; children, Morgan (Megan) Olson, Whitney (partner, Jacob Holdt) Olson and Aaron (fiancé, Bria Cross) Olson; step-son, Tim (Michele) Zick; granddaughter, Samantha Zick; brothers, Jim (Ruth) Slaughter and Bruce (Julie) Bainbridge as well as many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Keith Olson; sons, Joshua Olson and Brady Olson; and step-daughter, Sarah Zick.
Memorial Services will be held on Tuesday, August 2, 2016 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Leland with Pastor Erich Hartenberger officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, August 1, 2016 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Inurnment will be held at Denzer Cemetery. A luncheon and fellowship will follow at the Honey Creek Town Hall.

 

Emma Tirjer, Baraboo

Emma Tirjer, age 96, of Baraboo, passed away Saturday, July 23, 2016.

Emma was born March 23, 1920 in Ostra, Romania, the youngest of ten children of Frank and Eva Tischler.

Emma married Frank Tirjer on October 31, 1942. They were married 71 years. Together with their two sons they came from Austria to Chicago, IL in 1950 and then had a daughter. They moved to the suburbs of Broadview and then Hillside before moving to Baraboo in 1994.

Emma loved her family, gardening, making flower arrangements, and crafts. She will be missed by her family and many friends.

Emma is survived by her son Robert Tirjer (Nancy) of Edgerton, WI, son Herb Tirjer (Laura) of Glendale, AZ, daughter Fran Befera (Greg) of Baraboo; grandchildren Vanessa (Rick), Rebecca (Adam), Bobby (Linda), Danielle, Jennifer, Missy, Shannon, Natalie (Chris), Joe (Melissa), Michael, Chris, Lindsay (Bobby); 11 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, six sisters and three brothers.

A celebration mass of Emma’s life will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Baraboo on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of mass. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Marilyn E. Howell, Endeavor

Marilyn E. Howell, age 81 of Endeavor joined her husband in heaven on Thursday, July 21, 2016. Marilyn, daughter of Lawrence and Evelyn (Aulis) Burke was born on Sept. 13, 1934 in Massachusetts. She attended West Suburban School of Nursing, Wheaton College and graduated with her nursing degree. On Sept. 10, 1955 she was united in marriage to Lawrence “Wes” Howell in Winthrop, MA.  She worked at various hospitals and as a school nurse. Marilyn was actively involved in numerous church activities and charity organizations.  

She is survived by her children, Deborah (Bill) Corbett of Gurnee, IL, Douglas (Denise) Howell of Mukwonago, WI, Greg (Carleen) Howell of Minneapolis, MN and Keith (Shari) Howell of Lakeville, MN; nine grandchildren, Ruth, Rebecca, Mary and Samuel all of Minneapolis, MN, Curtis, Courtney and Darin of Mukwonago, WI and Dana and Brooke of Lakeville, MN; she is further survived by her brothers, Larry Burke, Roger (Maddie) Burke; sister, Judith Burke as well as other relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Wes and her in-laws. 

A Celebration of Life will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Walnut Hill Bible Church with Pastor Dave Hutchens officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. A private burial will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family. 

In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions be made to Walnut Hill Bible Church, Baraboo, WI or Samaritan’s Purse.

John Clifford Turner, Baraboo

John Clifford Turner, age 100 of Baraboo passed away on Monday, July 18, 2016 at St. Clare Meadows. John, son of Ivan and Ada (Maxwell) Turner was born June 3, 1916 in Melvin, Iowa. He graduated from Baraboo High School in 1936. On December 3, 1940 he was united in marriage to Hazel Kurtz. John was the owner operator of Turner Oil Company Inc. for over 40 years. In his free time he was an avid bowler and loved spending winters in Florida with friends over the years. Throughout the years John loved spending time with family and friends on Lake Wisconsin. John was very active and a lifelong member of the Elks Club. He was a past president of the Wisconsin Petroleum Association, he was involved with the Shriners and enjoyed his time with members of the Koshawago Club.

He is survived by his son, Scott (Barb) Turner; sister, Lorraine Kindschi; grandchildren, Pam (Jim) Christy, Wendy (Keith) Walsh, Jeff and Jim Turner, Judy Juneau, Kevin (Gina) Helmer, Heather (Richard) Kimpfbeck, Stephanie Helmer and Mary (Brad) Foster; many great-grandchildren; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel; parents; daughter, Mary Helmer; son, Tom Turner and sister, Marjorie Turner.

Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff at the St. Clare Meadows for the past 4 years of loving care they provided. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Sonny Ray Sharks, Jr., Baraboo

On the morning of July 14, 2016 a new angel was made from our little Sonny Ray Sharks, Jr., 3 months 8 days old.

Sonny Ray Sharks, Jr. was born in Baraboo at St. Clare Hospital at 8:20 a.m. April 6, 2016, only 7 lbs. 2 oz. and 19 inches. He was the only son to Meghan and Sonny Sharks and wonderful brother to three loving sisters, Kaitlyn, Halle and Sarah Sharks. Loved by so many, this sweet little man was also known to some as “Mommy’s Sonny Bunny”, “lil’ booger” and “lil June” touched so many in the short 3 months we were blessed with him. Taken so small we feel we will miss so much, but we will remember the first smile, laugh, first time he discovered his hands and feet, first time he tried to be a big boy and hold his head up and tried his hand at his version of crawling. These memories will always be in our hearts. Great-grandparents, Moses (Culah) Little; grandparents, Altha Sharks, Pam (Gordon) Gerstner, Paul (Cathie) Logsdon; aunts and uncles, Cequayea Sharks, “auntie” Ashley Gerstner, Brian (Daniela) Logsdon, David Gerstner, Cody Logsdon and Holly Turcotte; cousins, Jaivon, Javarey and Jaliyah Sharks, Jaidyn Gerstner, Samuel Logsdon and Anna Logsdon, along with many more family and friends will miss our little bundle of joy. He was preceded in death by uncle, Crane Gerstner and great-grandparents, Joseph (Mary) Stoner, Paul (Muriel) Gerstner and Elmer (Ruby) Logsdon.

Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor John Arneson officiating. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family.

SGT. Brandon M. Ketchum, Davenport, Iowa

SGT. Brandon Michael Ketchum, age 33 of Davenport, Iowa lost his battle with PTSD on Friday, July 8, 2016. 
Brandon, son of the late William Ketchum and Beverly Ertz was born Oct. 18, 1982 at Darnell Army Community Hospital in Killeen, Texas. He was a graduate of Wisconsin Dells High School, Class of 2001. At the age of 21 Brandon enlisted in the United State Marine Corps and proudly served from 2004-2008 as a combat engineer, serving two tours in Iraq. In July of 2008 he joined the Army as a combat engineer and in 2010 he was deployed to Afghanistan with the Iowa National Guard. After being injured in the line of duty and enduring multiple surgeries he was honorably discharged. He had great enthusiasm for the armed forces and was known for being a man that would drop everything to support his fellow brothers and sisters or anyone in need. His true loves of his life were his daughter, Layla and soulmate, Kristine. Brandon and Layla had a special bond that will be remembered. After his time in the military Brandon took up the hobby of woodworking and excelled in his craft by making beautiful butcher blocks, cutting boards and shadow boxes for fellow military friends and family. He was proud of his skill and took great time to master the art. Family and friends will forever remember Brandon’s unique sense of humor and ability to bring laughter and happiness to anyone he came in contact with. He was a likable person that was able to make friends where ever he went.
Survivors include his daughter, Layla; mother, Bev (Lenny) Kittoe; brother, Brad (Ana) Ketchum; soulmate, Kristine Nichols; grandparents, Albert (Phyllis) Ertz and Rosemary Ketchum; special friend, Jim Pederson, many cousins, aunts, uncles, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his father, William Ketchum; great-grandmother, Mildred Ertz; grandfathers, Roland Ketchum and Merlin Kittoe; uncles, Tom Ertz and Rollo Ketchum; aunt, Betsy Kittoe; cousin, Stacy Brown as well as countless brothers in arms.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2016 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 535 Congress St., Bloomington, WI with Father John Meinholz officiating. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the church as well as from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Thursday. Burial will follow at Gockel Cemetery where military rites will be conducted. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family to go towards a trust fund for Layla. The Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave., Baraboo, WI 53913 is assisting the family.

William “Bill” Shanks, Baraboo

William “Bill” Shanks, age 89 of Baraboo passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 at Oak Park Place with his family by his side. William, son of W. Melvin and Helen (Messer) Shanks was born Feb. 3, 1927 in Caledonia Township. He graduated from Portage High School. On March 22, 1947 he was united in marriage to Virginia Fuller at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Portage. Bill was employed by Sauk County Highway Department for over 25 years. Bill was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo. In his free time he enjoyed gardening and spending time with his family; especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Virginia; children, Connie Shanks, Dennis (Julie) Shanks, Ron (Cheryl) Shanks; ten grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and his brother, Merlin (Eunice) Shanks as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, John and Leon; son, William, Jr.; daughter-in-law, Kathy; grandson, Tony; and great-grandson, Will.
Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, July 12, 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 be held at 2 p.m. at Shanks Cemetery in Caledonia Township. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. John’s Media Fund or a charity of your choice. The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the staff at Oak Park Place and Agrace Hospice for the compassionate care shown to Bill. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Donald R. Pierce, Baraboo

Donald R. Pierce, age 84 of Baraboo passed away on Tuesday, July 5, 2016 at home with his family by his side. Donald, son of Ralph and Lila (Alexander) Pierce was born Sept. 5, 1931 in Baraboo. At the age of 18 he enlisted in the United States Army and served as a Sergeant in the 24th Infantry during the Korean War. After being honorably discharged he came home to work for the family business, Pierces Supermarket, Inc. Starting as a butcher of the store he eventually followed in his father’s footsteps as the owner.
At a Devil’s Lake dance he met the love of his life, Patricia Sorenson; they were united in marriage on July 7, 1955.
Don served as Mayor of the City of Baraboo from April 19, 1982 to 1988.  During his time as mayor, Don purchased property and donated it to the city to house softball fields which is now called Pierce Park. He was a member of the Elks Club and local VFW. In his free time he enjoyed playing softball, crocheting, gardening, fishing, playing piano and restoring his land in LaRue to its natural habitat for wildlife and wetland.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia; children, David Pierce, Dennis (Adele) Pierce, Daniel Pierce, Angie Pierce; ten grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; brother, Bill (Phyllis) Pierce; sister, Patricia Mueller; sister-in-law, Elaine Pierce; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Donald Pierce; and his brother, Jim Pierce. 
Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Marianne Cotter officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, July 8, 2016 from 4 -7 p.m. and from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home on Saturday. Burial will follow at Rock Hill Cemetery where military rites will be conducted. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ducks Unlimited or the Wounded Warrior Project.

Kathleen M. Cortese, Baraboo

 Kathleen M. “Kathy” Cortese, age 67 of Baraboo passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2016. Kathleen, daughter of Maynard and Arlene (Haskins) Snyder was born on Sept. 30, 1948 in Baraboo. On May 16, 1973 she was united in marriage to John Cortese. She was employed as a Secretary for the High School Guidance Department for over 25 years. In her free time she enjoyed reading, traveling and dining out as well as mini-golf and board games with her grandchildren.
Survivors include her children, Adam and Heather Cortese and Mark Cortese; grandchildren, Justin and Garrett; as well as other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and her brother, Mike Snyder.
Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at New Life Advent Christian Church with Pastor Jesse Stevens officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Private inurnment will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.