John D. Imray, Baraboo

John D. Imray passed away on October 27, 2016 in the home he designed and built in Baraboo, Wisconsin. He was born on June 14, 1937 (Flag Day) to Donald and Thelma Imray.

John grew up in Portage, WI and after High School attended UW-Stout and received a degree in Industrial Arts. He started as a young teacher at the Baraboo High School teaching Industrial Arts and Driver’s Education. Several years later he moved to the Jr. High School and was one of the first teachers to transition from Industrial Arts to Industrial Engineering. John won numerous awards for his dedication and love of learning. Among them, Teacher of the Year Award for technology and The John Hopkins University First National Search Award for enhancing the quality of life for handicapped people through the application of personal computing. He also enjoyed chess, tennis, Ski Patrol at Devil’s Head, and coffee with his friends.

John married Penny Watson and spent many wonderful years together.

John is survived by his wife, Penny Watson Imray; his son Bill (Mary) Imray; his daughter Heather (Dan) Jahnke; grandson Dustin (Brit) Imray; two beautiful great grandchildren; brother-in-law Bill Euster, Tom (Sandy) Watson and sister-in-law Scharron Watson Lake.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Sally Imray Euster.

Friends and family will remember John’s kind heart and gentle spirit.

The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Ismay B. Keepers, Baraboo

Ismay B . Keepers, 97, of Baraboo, passed away on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at SSM Health St. Clare Hospital.

Ismay was the daughter of William and Mary Belle Clingman, born on January 16, 1919 in LaCrosse, WI. Before marriage Ismay worked as a paralegal in Baraboo. She was united in marriage to Glen Berlin Keepers of Baraboo in May of 1938. They farmed in Fairfield Township for many years. They retired to Arkansas in 1973 but returned to Baraboo in the 1990s.

Ismay enjoyed playing the organ both at her church in Yellville, AR and at the New Life Community Church in Baraboo. She made a multitude of greeting cards for friends, family and church members. She was also a fine quilter.

Ismay was a member of the New Life Community Church of Baraboo for her entire married life.

Survivors include children Wanda Nims (Jerry), grandchildren Cheryl Nims, Camille Lamoureux (Jim), Heidi Cusick (Phil), Joshua Nims; Roxanne Defenbaugh, grandchildren Valerie Andruniak (Matt), Erik Defenbaugh (Lisa); Catherine Holzman (Daniel), Pamela Mjelde (Roy), grandchildren Kirsten Djonne (Kenneth), Kyle Mjelde (Mary), Kody Mjelde; and Daniel Keepers (Fiancée Carol Silvernail); Anthony Keepers, grandchild; seven great-grandchildren; siblings W. Dean Clingman, Harvey Clingman (Donna Kay), Gene Clingman (Sue); sister-in-law Virginia Clingman; many nieces and nephews. 

Ismay was preceded in death by her parents, husband Glen, daughter Ann as well as brother Edwin.

A celebration of life will be held at New Life Community Church in Baraboo on November 12, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. with Pastor Jesse Stevens officiating. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Barbara L. Tindle, Baraboo

Barbara “Babs” L. Tindle, age 88 of Baraboo passed away on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 after a long courageous fight with Alzheimer’s Disease at St. Clare Meadows Care Center. Barbara, daughter of Robert and Virgie (Hall) Pollard was born May 8, 1928 in Charleston, Indiana. Barbara worked for Chicago Rawhide as a Dispatcher for many years; she also was a general manager for numerous hotels in Wisconsin Dells and Hannibal, Missouri. In her free time she loved cooking for the holidays and sewing but most of all her family and faith were the most important. She was a member New Life Community Advent Christian Church; her favorite passage was ‘Footprints In The Sand’.
Survivors include her children, Sandra (George) Sobotka and Deborah (Thomas) Schweda; grandchildren, Tina (Jerry) Ashmore, Kimberly Stroud-Bonturi, Melissa (David) Greenwood, Melanie Platt, Laura (Johniah) Tindle Turner, Jeremy (Karen) Tindle, Barbi (Doug) Barrett; 16 great-grandchildren; 2 great-great-grandchildren; siblings, Charles (Dorothy) Pollard, Kenneth Pollard, Marcia (Larry) Perry; daughter-in-law, Patricia Tindle; special friends, Doris Duncan, Jane and Bill Graves and Jayne and Gary Gilbertson as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Maurice “Ed”; son, Ronald E. Tindle; as well as four siblings.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Lewis M. Peterson, Baraboo

Lewis M. Peterson, age 95 of Baraboo, passed away peacefully, Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016 at his home at Meadow Ridge Assisted Living. He was born Aug. 7, 1921, the son of Ethel and Marvin Peterson. He was proud to serve his country during World War II as an infantryman in General George Patton’s army during the Battle of the Bulge. He was highly decorated for his bravery with many medals including the coveted “Bronze Star”. In 2015, he wrote a book about his experiences during the war entitled “Memoirs Of My Military Service”.
After returning home from the war, Lewis worked as a bricklayer and mason until his retirement. He served for many years as both the Commander of the Baraboo chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and President of the local Bricklayers, Masons, and Plasters Union.
Lewis was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Donald Peterson and his sister, Phyllis (Neal) Neinast.
He is survived by Violet Peterson, his wife of 70 years; 5 children, Linda (Dennis) Schneller, Sue (James) Polnow, Marvin Peterson, LuAnn (Donald) Scott, and Richard Peterson; 10 grandchildren, Tim (Tiffany) Schneller, Lucas (Laura) Schneller, Jennifer (Andrew) Shea, Stephanie Accardo, Rebecca Grant, Sam Peterson, Kelly Peterson, Emily (Jeff) Barnacle, Sarah (David) Larson, and Buddy Schultz; 14 great-grandchildren; his sister, Norma (Wallace) Clavadatscher, loving nieces and nephews, and an abundance of friends.
Visitation will be held on Friday, at 12, NOON at Redlin Funeral Home with the funeral service to follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Tom Dunbar officiating. The burial will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery in Baraboo where military rites will be conducted by the Baraboo Veterans Honor Guard. A time of fellowship will be held after the burial at the American Legion Hall in Baraboo.
The family of Lewis Peterson would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Meadow Ridge Assisted Living for their compassion and tender care of our father.

Carroll I. Andrews, Wisconsin Dells

Carroll I. Andrews, born Aug. 1, 1942, passed away Oct. 22, 2016 at age 74 at his home in Wisconsin Dells, WI of natural causes.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016 at 1120 Dallas St., Sauk City, WI (Ramaker building). Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service at 3 p.m.; Perry Pearson and Eric Nueske will officiate. A potluck lunch will follow the service at the same location.
Carroll is survived by his wife of 52 years, Joanne; four children, Jeff (Candace) of Granton, WI, Kevin Andrews of Morriss, Ill., Sherilyn (Curtis) Tessman of Merrillan, WI and Conrad Andrews of Baraboo; he is further survived by 13 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Carol Lynn Tauber, Baraboo

Carol Lynn Tauber, age 66 of Baraboo passed away on Friday, October 21, 2016 at St. Clare Meadows. Carol, daughter of Donald and Ruth (Nelson) Tauber was born March 12,1950 in Michigan. Her hobbies included making latch hook rugs, beading Christmas ornaments and drawing. Carol also enjoyed spending time with her family.
She is survived by her mother, Ruth Tauber of Baraboo; brother David (Jan) Tauber of Rock Springs; sisters Betty (Dennis) Bell of New Lisbon, Patti (Joseph) Schwochert of Baraboo. She was preceded in death by her father, Donald Tauber; and sister Nancy Anderson.
Funeral Service will be held at 11:00 am on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at Redlin Funeral Home with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 am until the time of service at the Funeral Home. Interment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Kathleen “Kathy” Egan, Baraboo

Kathleen “Kathy” Egan, 87, from Baraboo, passed away on October 19, 2016. Kathy was born in Minneapolis, MN, and lived in many states until moving to Baraboo in 1974 and consider this to be home. Kathy retired from Home Health United where she worked in the Baraboo, Reedsburg and Madison locations.  Kathy enjoyed working around her house and spending time with her family and her beloved cat, Holly. Family and friends will remember Kathy for her big heart and quick wit and never leaving without saying ‘I love you’.
Kathy was preceded in death by her parents, Cleve and Margaret Egan; her brothers, Tom and Bob Egan.
She is survived by her son James Hadtrath, Wilton, IA, daughter Mary “Kay” (John) Soderholm, Mauston, WI, grandchildren Kristin Soderholm, Madison, Tim (Sarah) Soderholm, Oregon, WI and Michael (Leticia) Hadtrath, Highland, WI; extended family, Mary Egan, Mary Lou Langenberger, Derald (Chris) Hadtrath, and Darwin (Sylvia) Hadtrath.
Services will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Father John Schreiter officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Bridget DeLong and Ilsa Benson at Medical Associates, her neighbors Linda and Jim Slezak and Barb and John Earl; the staff at St. Clare Meadows.

Lottie C. Rambo, Baraboo

Lottie C. Rambo, age 95 of Baraboo died on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at Oak Park Place with her family by her side. Lottie, daughter of George and Ruby (Kimmel) Hansen was born Feb. 1, 1921 in Iowa. She was united in marriage to George L. Rambo in 1943.
Lottie had various careers throughout her life including working as a substitute teacher, Grady’s Sewing in numerous positions, and also worked as a wedding cake decorator. After Lottie and George opened their own medical supply business in Baraboo she worked as his accountant.  Her hobbies included knitting, sewing, and crafting; and at the age of 75 she found interest in painting. She was active at the First United Methodist Church and sang in their choir; she was a volunteer for American Foreign Exchange Students and even hosted a foreign exchange student in the past.
She is survived by her children, Jerry Rambo, Jeff Rambo, Betty (Doug) Skapyak, Barbara (Glenn) Rambo-Hartley; foreign exchange daughter, Margareta (Johan) Schmidt; grandchildren, Nicholas Rambo, Christina (Renier) Hillebrink, Michael (Katie) Skapyak, Mariah (Matt) Solchenburger and Grant (Amanda) Hartley; five great-grandchildren; as well as her brother, Leon (Betty) Hansen.
Lottie was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George and her brother and sister.
Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Marianne Cotter officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Monday. Inurnment will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Baraboo Public Library or First United Methodist Church. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Ida May Alice Ferstl, North Freedom

Ida May Alice Ferstl, age 75 of North Freedom died on Monday, Oct. 10, 2016 at home with her loving family and dog, Chico by her side. Ida, daughter of Clyde and Alice (Page) Burwell was born Sept. 19, 1941 in Baraboo. She was united in marriage Carl Ferstl. Ida was active with the American Legion Auxiliary, Post 172 in North Freedom for over 42 years. She loved working the Legion fish fry’s; was a North Freedom Cemetery Board member and also helped with the North Freedom Days and village yard sales. In her free time she loved crocheting blankets and knitting afghans for her family members. Ida loved crafts, baking, tending to her flowers and garden.
She is survived by her son, LeRoy Ferstl; sister, Rose (Wallace) Diske; special friend, George Retzlaff; grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives, friends and neighbors.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl; and brothers and sisters.
Graveside services will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Oak Hill Cemetery, North Freedom. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Rex D. Thomas, Baraboo

Rex D. Thomas, age 93 of Baraboo passed away on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016 with his family by his side. Rex, son of Perry and Irma (Davis) Thomas was born Feb. 19, 1923 in River Falls, WI. He attended Leach Creek Grade School and Baraboo High School. He proudly served in WWII in the Third Army, fourth armored. On June 15, 1946 he was united in marriage to Audrey Bazzill at Trinity Episcopal Church in Baraboo. Rex was a Master Plumber in the Baraboo area. He was very active at Trinity Episcopal Church and also worked as a volunteer for Circus World Museum. He will be missed by family and friends.
Rex is survived by his four children, Terri (Denise) of Baraboo, Steven of Baraboo, Linda (Jeff) Morton of Lake Delton, Jackie (Wayne) Vander Zanden of Verona and daughter-in-law, Anne Marie Thomas of Wauwatosa; 10 grandchildren, Jennifer Thomas, Tom Morton, Jill (Chris) Frederick, Brian (Julie) Vander Zanden, Ben (Jen) Thomas, Emily Thomas, Chad (Stephanie) Vander Zanden, Paul Thomas, Mitchell Thomas, Suzanna Thomas; nine great-grandchildren, Steve, Brennan, Ian, Abbigail, Lauryn, Kayla, Rain, Hailey and Nicole; brothers-in-law, Rod Sprecher, Clinton Bazzill; sister-in-law, Jan Bazzill and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 70 years, Audrey on July 31, 2016; son, Michael; grandson, Matthew Martin Thomas; parents; brother, Bernard; sisters-in-law, Jacqueline Sprecher, June Pond and Betty Peterson, Janet Bazzill; brother-in-law, Roger Bazzill.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016 at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church with Father Scott Seefeldt officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Inurnment will follow at Trinity Episcopal Memorial Garden where military rites will be conducted by the Baraboo Veterans Honor Guard. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.
The family would like to thank Dr. Flygt, the staff at Oak Park Place and Home Health United Hospice for the compassionate care given to our father.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Trinity Episcopal Church or University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center.