John J. “Jerry” Carroll, Baraboo

John J. “Jerry” Carroll, age 88, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017  in Baraboo, WI.  Often referring to himself as “just a simple country boy”, he was born January 29, 1929 in Ironton, WI to Patrick Kenneth (Chuck) Carroll and Icel Lucille (Smith) Carroll. The oldest of nine children, he grew up in the Cazenovia area on the family farm, graduating from Reedsburg High School in 1947 and then from Sauk County Normal School two years later, where he met his wife Bonnie (Fawcett). They married June 9, 1951 in Reedsburg and moved to Baraboo in 1954 where they raised seven children.  Over the years he worked first as a teacher, then a furniture salesman at Ploetz Furniture and served in the Army National Guard for 41 years, achieving the rank of Master Sergeant and also served as a First Sergeant. 

He was a proud Irishman who loved to say, “It’s better to be lucky than smart.”  He was both lucky and smart, as he excelled in school and bypassed the 8th grade, a fact he didn’t share readily but of which he was secretly proud.

Jerry was the person who knew someone everywhere he went – from the Alpine Café ordering a “Jerry Burger” (a hamburger deluxe with grilled onions) to the lobby of the Empire State Building in New York City. 

Jerry loved to sit down with family and friends and tell you about how to negotiate the best deal, talk about current events, tell jokes and stories, play cards (as long as there was an “honest deal”) and watch the evening news with his bowl of mint chocolate chip ice cream. He was passionate about family and family history, had a deep Catholic faith, appreciation of the outdoors and a love of the land. He was known for his sweet tooth, particularly for chocolate, licorice, black jelly beans and the peanut butter cups he would sneak from the baking supplies. He enjoyed reading, deer hunting, walking, dancing, Korbel brandy, history, antiques, travel, the Packers and especially music. He played in his family’s dance band, Chuck Carroll and his Orchestra, with his father and brothers in the 1940s and ‘50s. He passed along his love and appreciation for music to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Bonnie, his parents and four siblings: Philip “Roscoe” Carroll, Jane “Tug” Hilsenhoff, Mike Carroll and Bill Carroll. He is survived by seven children: John J. “Jack” (Karole) Carroll, Jr., of Baraboo, WI; Monica (Ken “Bernie” Kvam) Carroll, of Prairie du Sac, WI; David (Joy) Carroll of Rock Springs, WI; Rebecca Carroll (Steve Noveck) of New York, NY; Betsy (Tracy) Watkins of Mascoutah, IL; Beth (Peter) Goethel of Baraboo, WI; and Gerri (Clint) Biodrowski of Cross Plains, WI; 15 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; siblings Patrick (Mary) Carroll of Platteville, WI; Mary Catherine Prantner of Santee, CA; Nancy “Dolly” Bartos of Orland Park, IL and Eileen “Pinky” Schutz of Loganville, WI; many nieces, nephews and friends; his morning coffee group and his special friend of the last 13 years Amy Monson of Shell Lake, WI whom he met at their 57th high school reunion in 2004. Together he and Amy enjoyed travelling and spending part of the winter in Arizona.  

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Wednesday, March 1st, at 10 AM at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Baraboo, with Father Jay Poster officiating. Interment will be at St. Mary’s of the Pines Cemetery, formerly Durward’s Glen Cemetery where military rites will be conducted. Friends may call on Tuesday, Feb. 28th at the Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo from 4-8 PM, and on Wednesday morning, March 1st at 9:30 AM at St. Joseph’s. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Legion Post 26, the Alzheimer’s Association of South Central Wisconsin: www.alz.org/scwisc,or to St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Krszjzaniek and to all those who cared for Jerry.

“Here’s to us good guys.” “Nice you got to see me!”

Eugene H. Kluender, Baraboo

Eugene H. Kluender, age 80 of Baraboo passed away on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2017 surrounded by his loving family. Eugene, son of Henry and Henrietta Inez (Hein) Kluender was born July 2, 1936 in Baraboo. On Aug. 30, 1957 he was united in marriage to Ruth Curry. Eugene proudly served his country in the United States National Guard and was honorably discharged. He worked at Eagle Signal and later retired from the Baraboo Post Office. Eugene was a member of the Baraboo Masonic Lodge and served as Master in 1987. In his free time he enjoyed cooking, gardening and going on cruises.

Survivors include his loving wife of 59 years, Ruth; children, Teresa Littlegeorge, Tracy Heidemann, Tammy (Donald) Ouimet, Todd (Sylvia) Kluender and Tim Kluender; 14 grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren; brother, Robert (Carol) Kluender; brother-in-law, Donald Curry as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; three sisters; and sons-in-law, Bradley Littlegeorge and Mike Heidemann.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Marianne Cotter officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, Feb. 20, 2017 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. and on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. There will be a Masonic service at the funeral home on Monday at 7 p.m. Burial will follow at Rock Hill Cemetery where military rites will be conducted.  Redlin Funeral is assisting the family.

Verna L. Goerks, Baraboo

Verna L. Goerks, age 97 of Baraboo passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center. Verna, daughter of Edwin and Leta (Welke) Kamrath was born Nov. 14, 1919 at the home of her family farm in Troy Township. In 1956 she was united in marriage to Russell Goerks in Baraboo. She worked as a waitress at Sprecher’s Café in Sauk City and then at the Alpine in Baraboo. In her free time she loved to cook and entertain as well as flowers.

Survivors include her niece, Nancy (Gary) Liegel; her nephew that she and Russell helped raise, Donald Goerks and his children, Julie (Morgan) Kennedy, Howard, Daniel and Glen Goerks; sister-in-law, Adeline Kamrath as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.   

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Russell; brothers, Lloyd (Iola) and Glen Kamrath; nephews, Ronald and Philip Kamrath; great-nephew, Daren Kamrath; and her best friend, Vi Erlandson.

Private graveside services will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at St. Clare Meadows for the wonderful care shown to Verna.

Mary E. Lusby, Baraboo

Mary Etta (nee Radel) Lusby, age 92, peacefully passed away on Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017 at Meadow Ridge.

Mary was a WWII Veteran, serving in 1942 and 1943 as a WAC. On Dec. 20, 1946 she was united in marriage to Richard Dean Lusby in Baraboo. She worked many years in Baraboo at the Baraboo National Bank. Upon retiring, Mary and her husband spent many good years being snow birds with time spent between Baraboo and Sun Lakes, AZ. She enjoyed golf, sewing, making not only doll clothes for her nieces but clothing for herself and others. Mary had a sense of humor and a vault for a memory.

She was the dear sister of George Albert Radel and Rhoda (Platt) Radel; loving aunt to Donna (Gary) Grode, Robert (Kathleen) Platt, Cheri (Tom) Omnus; sisters-in-law, Kay Himden, Sheila Lusby and Sharon Lusby; great niece, Angela (Peter) Van Heesch, Kadejah, Renie and Maurice as well as other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; Cecil and Iris Radel and her loving husband, Richard Dean Lusby after 68 years of marriage.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery in Lodi. Military rites will be conducted following the committal prayers. 

The family would like to thank the staff at Meadow Ridge for their care and love of Mary; also, Home Health United Hospice. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Rodney L. “Bub” Williams

Rodney L. “Bub” Williams, of Baraboo, passed away on February 12, 2017 at the age of 93 and the world lost a great man and an even better husband and father.  He was born December 20, 1923 to Hugh and Ida Williams.  He graduated from Baraboo High School in 1941 and was a proud member of their undefeated football team and a Golden Gloves Boxer. He married Dorothy Deischer on April 26, 1947 and together they raised 4 children.  He was a kind, loving and nurturing father who never hesitated to be of assistance to his children or others in need. He ran the family farm with his brother until1964 when he and his family moved to Baraboo where he worked for the Farmers Union Co-op until his retirement.  He was a volunteer fireman for 19 years, served on the Baraboo Police and Fire Commission for 10 years and also provided prisoner transport for the Sauk County Sheriff’s Department.  Additionally, he was a long time member of The International Organization of Odd Fellows.

 A man of great faith, he was a member of Emanuel United Methodist Church where he served in various capacities including head of the Board of Trustees.  Rodney had the distinction in 1963 of being struck by lightning which traveled through a pole he leaned against while milking a cow.  Even though this eroded vertebrae in his back and doctors told him he would soon be in a wheel chair, he defied the odds with the help of the good Lord and a good chiropractor and continued to walk and work as hard as ever.

 Rodney was known for his endless supply of jokes and would often be asked to share a few at gatherings or meetings.  He enjoyed woodworking and could fix practically anything.  He was Mr. Fix-it to friends for many years, even into his 90’s.  Rodney greatly enjoyed fishing and made many trips to Canada with friends and his son-in-law, Denis, as well as other times at the Baraboo River and at Devil’s Lake.  But his greatest love was hunting and he was a terrific marksman.  Deer hunting was an annual tradition and he was extremely proud that he hunted on every opening day since the age of 14.  That included opening day this past November, one month prior to his 93rd birthday.  He generally got a buck the morning of opening day and was revered by his hunting companions when he shot 4 moose in one day on a trip to Canada.   

 Rodney was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy in 2010.  He was her constant companion and caregiver for over 5 years as her health deteriorated and due to his care she was able to remain at home until shortly before her death.  Rodney was also preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Maurice and a stillborn infant; his sister and brother-in-law Ruth and Robert Lindner; his brother-in-law and wife, Donald and Marcella Deischer and a nephew Ronald Williams.  He is survived by his children, Tom (Carla), Baraboo, who served as Rodney’s hunting partner, chauffeur, medical and electronics interpreter, and friend; Barbara (Denis) Sutton, Wautoma; Kathryn Mulhern, Madison; Jeane (Bill) Bovat, Johns Creek, Georgia.  He is further survived by his grandchildren Erin Sutton, Dane Sutton and Claire Bovat, several nieces and nephews, as well as a special friend, Betty Lou Nehring.

Visitation will be held at Redlin Funeral Home on Friday February 17th from 5 to 7 P.M. and Saturday, February 18th at 10 A.M. at Emanuel United Methodist Church with services to follow at 11 A.M. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery.

Francis (Frank) Bernard Sterkowitz, Baraboo

Francis (Frank) Bernard Sterkowitz, age 76, of Baraboo, passed away on Friday, February 3, 2017 at St Mary’s Hospital in Madison, WI.  Frank, son of John and Stephanie (Opyt) Sterkowitz was born May 21, 1940 in Blue Island IL.  He married Sharon Martin in Illinois on January 6, 1962.  He was a devoted husband and father who took pride in his children and enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. Frank was a jokester who loved to tell stories.

Survivors include his loving wife, Sharon; children, Sons; Andrew (Kristine) Sterkowitz, Richard (Lori) Sterkowitz, Brian (Robin) Sterkowitz and sister; Carol Davis, grandchildren; Payton, Brady, Joel, Hannah and Abbey Sterkowitz.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers Robert Sterkowitz and Michael Sterkowitz.

The family would to thank the staff at St. Mary’s Hospital and Home Health United for their wonderful care of Frank.  Memorial gifts can be made to SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital Foundation as a Guardian Angel Gift in recognition for the care givers of Frank Sterkowitz, 700 S. Park Street, Madison, WI  53717.  http://www.stmarysfoundation.org/

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 11, 2017 from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service.  Memorial Service will be held at 11:30 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave. in Baraboo with Father Jay Poster officiating. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Julianne Lynn Kieffer (Julie)

Julianne Lynn Kieffer (Julie) passed away in her sleep February 2, 2017 at home in Madison, Wisconsin.  Julie was born on September 27, 1981 to Dan and Cathy Kieffer. She graduated from Baraboo High School in 2000 and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  At the time of her passing, she was employed at the Willy Street Pub & Grill and the Paradise Lounge where she enjoyed socializing with her patrons and developed many friendships. 

Julie was larger than life, cherished her family and friends, found joy in all situations, loved all sports, danced to all music genres, enjoyed travel and appreciated everything life had to give. She was a vibrant and caring soul, could light up a room with her beautiful smile and had a laugh that was contagious. Julie touched many people with her kindness and compassion, and with her welcoming personality could bring out the best in all. So many words have been used to describe Julie…witty, intelligent, fun, sweet, happy, adventurous.  A special thank you to all Facebook friends who gave comfort with their tributes to Julie and sharing the heartbreak of this unexpected loss.

Julie is survived by her loving parents, Dan and Cathy, grandmother, Dolores (Bill) Mossman, aunts and uncles: MaryAnne (John) Lochner, Bill (Sue) Kieffer, Bill Trant, John Trant, cousins: Tim (Crickett) Lochner, Scott Lochner, Troy (Tiffany Yizar) Lochner, Darcie (Mike) Holmstrom and their children Isla and Ian, Benjamin Kieffer (fiancée Tara Ellenwood), and Bill Trant, Jr.  Julie will also be missed by many other extended family members, numerous friends, and her beloved dog, Calvin.

Julie was preceded in death by her brother Justin whom she loved and missed dearly, her grandparents, Katherine and William Trant, and grandfather, William B. Kieffer, Jr.

She was a shining star that will glow in everyone’s heart forever. Julie’s life is best remembered as she lived it by following one of her favorite quotes: Life’s too short not to have fun. You’ve got to live life to its fullest.  If you don’t, you’re only cheating yourself. ~ David Wells

Private services are being held for the family. A Celebration of Life remembering Julie will be held in the Spring. 

Memorials can be made in Julie’s name to the American Diabetes Association.

Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.