Lois E. Sloan, Baraboo

Lois E. Sloan, age 91 of Baraboo passed away on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 at Golden Living Center in Wisconsin Dells. Lois, daughter of Joseph and Ethel Sloan was born in Jacksonville, Florida on Nov. 27, 1924. She graduated from Senn High School in Chicago, Illinois. She then attended Minneapolis Business College. She moved to California and worked for several departments in the State Department including Dept. of Mental Hygiene and Public Health, Fish and Game. In 1980 she graduated from Antioch University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in music and art therapy. In 1981, she moved to Seattle and worked for the Presbyterian Presbytery of Seattle.

A long-time lover of music she played the violin in her early years then learned to play the harp. She was a member of the Folk Harp Society. She took her talents as an Irish harpist to nursing homes and many events.

Loving Ireland where her father was born she traveled there with him several times. In 1984, she applied to the Ireland Outreach International in Dublin. She moved there and worked as a secretary and counselor for young people from other countries in Lucan, Ireland.

Survivors include her brother, Robert (Laura) Sloan; niece, Kristin Brown of Mississippi and her children, Rachel, Alexis, Jacob and Riley; nephew, Scott (Tiffany) Sloan of Baraboo and their children, Peyton and Wyatt. She is also survived by many friends in the bay area of California.

Funeral Services will be held Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Lisa Taylor officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home.

The family extends a special thanks to the Golden Living Center and to Agrace Hospice for their loving care and compassion. Thanks to Dr. Rex Flygt and staff for many years of care.

Kevin Kane Jantz, Baraboo

Kevin Kane Jantz, 59, died peacefully at home Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

Kevin was born the third of five children to Harry and Margaret (Kane) Jantz on December 27, 1956. He was blessed to grow up on the family farm in the Town of Fairfield.

After graduating from Baraboo High School in 1975, Kevin served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps. For the next 29 years he was employed by Wisconsin Power & Light/Alliant Energy. In 2007, Kevin suffered a life-altering traumatic brain injury forcing early retirement.

Kevin lived to be a conduit of the love of God to those around him. He enjoyed farming, running, and riding motorcycle. He worked hard, helped others, shared generously and sought to glorify God in all of his life.

Kevin was preceded in death by his father, Harry.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara; sons, Zachary (Amy), Peter (Emily), Andrew (Erica) and grandchildren, Chara, Elisha, Timothy, Caleb, Elyse, Clara, Ian, Wesley, Ada and Ailee. He is further survived by his mother, Margaret; siblings, Stuart (Susan) Jantz, Carolynn (Chuck) Koberstein, Gail (Mark) Barnes and Susan (Timothy) Schultz; in-laws, Marlys Schulz and Don (Marge) Pardun; brother-in-law, Gary (Carol) Pardun and other dear relatives and friends.

A Service of Witness to the Resurrection will be held at 3 pm Friday, November 25 at Emanuel United Methodist Church in Baraboo with Pastor Paula Bremer of Caledonia Presbyterian Church officiating. A time of fellowship at the church will follow. Visitation will be held at the church from 1 pm until the time of service. Memorial gifts may be made to People Helping People or Caledonia Presbyterian Church (Missions). The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Diana Jean Zick, Baraboo

Diana Jean (Stewart) Zick was born on the 30th day of Oct. 1939, in Sault Ste Marie, Michigan, the eldest child of Royal and Renata Stewart. Royal was from Galesville; Renata from La Crosse. Diana was known in the family as Diane or Di and by her friends as Stewie. Sister, Sandy, was the next addition to the family. While Royal spent time in the U.S. Navy, Renata, Diana and Sandy lived in La Crosse near Renata’s parents, Walt and Elsie Burns. When Royal returned home, he accepted employment as Local Manager of the Sunbeam Bakery and the family moved to Baraboo where Mary Jo, Gary and Rick were born. 

Several years after high school, “Stewie” married her high school sweetheart Duane “Twink” Schultz. This was a short marriage, but the friendship continued. Later, Diana married Gene Zick of Prairie du Sac. Diana and the children spent many happy times with the Zick families. 

Diana enjoyed talking about the summers when she and Sandy visited their paternal grandparents, Roy and Elizabeth Stewart, in Galesville. Grandpa Roy rented ponies for the girls to ride while visiting. He was a barber by trade and was happy to take Diana and Sandy to the movie every evening, although it was the same movie for a week. Diana’s favorite was the Ma and Pa Kettle movie series. When not riding ponies or at the movies, Diana and Sandy worked on their paper doll collections and listened with grandma to her afternoon radio programs, As The World Turns and others. Diana loved animals and enjoyed the German Shepherd dogs that shared her home over the years. She always felt extremely lucky to be born into such a happy family and to spend her growing up years in the ’50’s. 

Diana was a graduate of the Baraboo High School Class of 1957, and obtained a Court Reporting Degree from MATC-Madison. She worked many happy years for the law firm of Conway and Conway, Baraboo, and later her court reporting career was made pleasant and fulfilling by the Circuit Judges and courthouse personnel she worked with. Diana felt blessed to have the friendship and help of her many co-workers. She was also please to serve 25 years as a Baraboo Police and Fire Commissioner, observing the dedication of Baraboo Police and Firefighters.

Diana was preceded in death by her parents; grandparents; former husband, Gene Zick and her beloved sister, Mary Jo Miller.  

She is survived by her loving children, Scott and Cindy; grandsons, Travis (Kris) and Colton; great-grandchildren, Chloe and Carson. Diana treasured the time she spent with her beloved children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is further survived by her siblings, Sandy (Dave) Wenzel, Gary (Charlotte) Stewart, Rick (Lori) Stewart; brother-in-law, Bob (Suzie) Miller; several aunts, uncles, cousins and their families. 

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016 at 12, NOON at Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave. in Baraboo. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Clare Hospice House.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to St. Clare Meadows and St. Clare Hospice House for their care and compassion.

Kay Pilger, Baraboo

Kay Pilger, age 82 of Baraboo, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 at Meadow View Assisted Living with family by her side. Kay, daughter of Kurt and Evelyn (Bump) Schoenoff was born Sept. 1, 1934. She was a graduate of Baraboo High School and further her studies obtaining a Bachelors in Education at UW-Platteville. Kay was united in marriage to Richard D. Pilger on July 29, 1952. Kay started her career as an elementary school teacher but later worked for Badger Army Ammunition Plant for many years. Her hobbies included quilting and gardening. Kay was a devoted and loving mother, sister and caregiver for those in need. Kay had a deep love for friends, family, animals and life. Besides her quick wit and sense of humor Kay had a kind and sweet personality that will be dearly missed.
Survivors include her daughter, Eve (fiancé, Errol Springer) Pomrening; granddaughter, Sydney Pomrening; brother, Richard (Geri) Schoenoff; her close family friend, George Graham as well as many extended family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Richard; and her son, Pete.
Funeral Services will be held on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016 at 11 a.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ with Pastor Doug Fauth officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of services at the church. Burial will follow at Fairfield Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Meadow View Assisted Living for the loving care and compassion shown to Kay and her family as well as Agrace for assisting Kay in her journey to heaven.

Walter D. “Walt” Smith, Baraboo

Walter D. “Walt” Smith, age 80 of Baraboo passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 with his family by his side. Walter, son of Walter and Evelyn (Murphy) Smith was born June 7, 1936 in Rensselaer, Indiana. Upon his high school graduation he enlisted in the United States Army in Jan. of 1955; he served 7 months in Korea and was honorably discharged in April of 1956. Walt attended and graduated from Walton School of Commerce in Chicago; after his schooling he sat and passed his CPA exam and began his working career. After working in various states he moved to Baraboo in 1976; in 1983 he opened his own CPA Firm. In 1960 he was united in marriage to Yvonne Dietz in Sterling, Illinois. As it was said when he received the Gem Award, Walt ‘dedicated his working life in helping to make Baraboo a more prosperous and positive place to live and work’.  Walt was a member of the Baraboo American Legion, Post 26. He was also a sports enthusiast and enjoyed traveling.

Survivors include his loving wife, Yvonne; children, Michele (Wade) Oldenburg of Idaho, Michael (Meaghan) Smith of Utah, Kevin (Holly) Smith of Florida, Bryan (Viviana) Smith of Wyoming, Denise (Louis) Creager of South Korea, Derek Smith of Wisconsin; grandchildren, Morgan, Brooke, Danielle, Michaela, Cody, Jake, McKenna, Dillon, Libby, and Spencer; great-granddaughter, Reese; brother, James (Pauline) Smith of California; as well as nieces and nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Geraldine Smith; brother, Donald Smith; and his grandson, Brock Smith.

A memorial mass will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 at 12:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, Nov. 21, 2016 at Redlin Funeral Home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at church from 11:30 a.m. until the time of mass on Tuesday. Military Rites will be conducted by the Baraboo Veterans Honor Guard at the church. Memorials may be made in Walt’s name to St. Joe’s, or to a community charity of your choice.

Joyce Marie (Alexander) Braun, Baraboo








Joyce Marie (Alexander) Braun, born Dec, 27, 1932; died Nov. 10, 2016.

BARABOO/MADISON – Joyce Marie Braun, age 83, went to be with her Lord on November 10, 2016, at the SSM Health St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo with her children at her side.  Born in Baraboo on the 27th of December 1932 to Henry and Florence (Fredrick) Alexander, she enjoyed growing up on a farm and loved being outdoors.

Joyce began her elementary education in a rural one-room schoolhouse where her mother had once taught.  Less than a mile from the old family farm, the building still stands.  Always an active member of her class, she held several officers positions and represented her school at Badger Girl’s State. She excelled at academics, graduating as valedictorian of her Baraboo high school class in 1950.  After high school Joyce and her close friend and classmate took off for the “big city” of Madison. There they joined the office staff of Southern Wisconsin Breeders Cooperative, then a newly formed entity of the University of Wisconsin on Madison’s west side. The girls rented rooms downtown in a house where they enjoyed the lakeshore and amenities of a more cosmopolitan city. It was at a Madison Community Center dance where she first met her husband-to-be, electrical contractor, Roland (Rollie) Braun.  They were married on March 7, 1953 and soon had built their own house in the new Glen Oak Hills development on Madison’s west side where Joyce lived for most of her Adult life.

She had a strong Christian faith and was an avid reader on political issues; often sharing her time and money in support of causes she passionately believed in.  Joyce became a self-taught expert on natural health topics and enjoyed sharing her expertise to the benefit of friends and family. She was an excellent gardener and well-renowned for her culinary skills. For many summers she donated her time to serve as the head cook for a large Christian Youth camp in Northern Wisconsin.  Her skills were acknowledged again in 1979, when Joyce received local and national media coverage by winning the Campbell’s Creative Cooking Contest. Sponsored by Campbell Soup Company, she was awarded an histrionic free shopping spree at her favorite grocery store.

While most of her adult life was devoted to maintaining loving and comfortable surroundings for her family, her later years in Madison were also spent as a librarian for Cuna Mutual, just up the street from where her first employer had been located back in 1950.

Later in her retirement years, Joyce found herself drawn back to her roots in Baraboo where she resided until her death. She prided herself in tending to the Rock Hill Cemetery that overlooks the farm she grew up on.  Almost as if preparing a place alongside her ancestors buried there, she and her long-time friend Gene, followed a weekly routine which included planting flowers and checking the bluebird houses. The trip home usually took them by the Meadows Care Center to visit with elderly and ailing family, friends and neighbors.  Sadly, her last few years at the Meadows were spent as the “visited” instead of the “visitor”.

Joyce is survived by her sons, Darrell (Debra) – McFarland and Randall – Denver CO; grandson, Andrew (Molly) – Middleton; great-granddaughters, Ava and Emmeline; six sisters, Lorraine (Al) Chojnacki – West Allis, Helen (George) Ewing – Golden Valley MN, Audrey (Richard) Skinner – Reedsburg, Marjorie Alexander – Denver CO, Linda Alexander – Green Bay, Diane (Dave) Pietenpol – Green Bay; brother Robert (Liz) Alexander – Greeley CO; many nieces and nephews; numerous friends and extended relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents, estranged husband, and her Grandson, Ryan.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 am on November 19, 2016 at Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo, officiated by Pastor Ron Dobie, cousin to Joyce.  Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Rock Hill Cemetery immediately after the service.

Donations can be made to the Sauk County Humane Society at www.saukhumane.org.

Terry Bryan, Baraboo

Terry Kincheloe Bryan, who had been residing in Baraboo since June of this year, died suddenly on November 8, 2016. She was born June 29, 1945 in Richmond, Virginia. She was raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an English degree, continuing her studies there and obtaining a Masters Degree in Library Science in 1968. While at UNC she met her husband, Richard J. (Dick) Bryan, a law school student. They married in May of 1969 and lived for a time in North Carolina, Virginia, Michigan and Montana. They recently moved to Baraboo to be closer to their daughter who lives in Lodi.


Terry was a strong Christian who had a vibrant personality, who was artistic, appreciated fine music and created culinary masterpieces. There were four children of the marriage, David Bryan of Phoenix, Arizona, Sally Molhoek of Flower Mound, Texas, Janet Phillips of Graham, North Carolina and Sharron Wipperfurth of Lodi. Terry is also survived by 13 grandchildren.


Visitation will take place on Friday, November 11, 2016 at the Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo from 6 p.m. until 7 p.m. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at 2 p.m. at Walnut Hill Bible Church with Pastor Dave Hutchens officiating.

Marc John Higgins, West Baraboo

Marc J. Higgins, age 67, passed away on Friday, Nov 4, 2016 at his home due to heart issues. He was born in Dodgeville WI, June 28, 1949 to John “ Happy” and Kathryn Egan Higgins. He attended Dodgeville Schools and graduated with the class of 1967. He served with the U.S. Army Reserves. He worked at several jobs in the Dodgeville area before moving to Green Bay where he owned his own business, MJ Landscape Company. Marc retired and moved to Baraboo WI.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Jo Crist Higgins; his three daughters, Angie (Jack) Glonec and their son Riley, Heather (Nick) Volden and their son Ashton, Viroqua, WI., and Kelly (Jerod) Rickleff, LaCross WI. Mark is also survived by his sister, Marcia Russell, DePere, WI. and his brother, Paul Higgins and several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by his step children, Tracy Crist (Susan) of DePere WI, Jamie Anderson (Laurie) of Baraboo, WI and Erica Anderson of Green Bay, WI. Grandchildren: Brent Wade, Paige, Joey, Wyatt, Dakota Anderson, Alix and Caden Carpenter and Charlie Anderson, Addy and Dawson Martz and his dog Bandit.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Marc loved to golf and was a member of the Dodgeville Country Club for several years. He also loved to sit around a campfire talking with his grandchildren. A couple of comments were: Love you so much. What I wouldn’t give to be back 15 plus years sitting on that old green squeaking bench with you. May you Rest In Peace Grandpa. Grandpa Marc Higgins, thank you for taking me in as your grandson, I’ll never forget all the memories with you, especially trying to teach Joe and I how to golf in your old basement! I know you’re in no more pain and probably up there giving some golfing lessons, I love you Grandpa! Words cannot express how deeply Marc will be missed by those who knew and loved him. In keeping with Marc’s wishes, a celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent to his wife at 708 Connie Rd., Baraboo WI 53913.

Oliver Edward “Ollie” Christianson, Baraboo

Oliver Edward “Ollie” Christianson Sr., age 72 of Baraboo passed away on Monday, Nov. 7, 2016 at home with his family by his side. Oliver, son of Frank and Virginia (Hager) Christianson was born May 17, 1944.
He had a love for demolition derbies, restoring old cars and racing stock cars at Dell’s Motor Speedway.
He also liked watching the Packers, going hunting but most of all he loved spending time with his family and his cat Goldie.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly; children, Roxanne (Don) Christianson, Dawn Pulsfus, Amy Clemens, Shawne Rodenschmit, Oliver “Jay” Christianson Jr.; 11 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Sister; Beverly (Gary) Higgins; brother, Raymond (Susan) Christianson, Clifford (Lori) Christianson, Robert (Carol) Paulus; many nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, brother; Kenny Christianson and great-granddaughter, Hadley Brooke.

Memorial Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at First Lutheran Church, 206 Pleasant Street, Lodi, Wisconsin with Pastor Mike Lee officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

David “Dave” Roy Beardsley, Plover

David “Dave” Roy Beardsley, age 46 of Plover passed away on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016. David, son of Karl Beardsley and Mary Small was born April 15, 1970 in Baraboo. He graduated from Baraboo High School, Class of 1988. Dave furthered his studies at Milwaukee Tech and got his certificate in Automotive Technology. In his free time Dave enjoyed participating in Demo Derby. He enjoyed attending services at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Plover. Dave liked to cook and bake and was very good at it.
Survivors include his father, Karl (Karen) Beardsley; mother, Mary (Don) Small; siblings, Jennifer (Jack) Pollitt, Dan (Steph) Beardsley, Sarah (Eugene) Erickson; nieces; nephews, other relatives and friends.
Dave was preceded in death by his grandparents.
Graveside services will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery in Merrimac on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016 at 1 p.m. with Pastor Jonathan Tipton officiating. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.