Victor “Vic” J. Wedekind

Victor “Vic” J. Wedekind, age 81, of North Freedom, passed away March 30, 2017 at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo. Victor, son of Victor and Helen (Woefel) Wedekind, was born on February 15, 1936 in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Victor married Ellen Remhof on August 6, 1955 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo. Vic loved fishing, beating everyone at cards, telling stories and reminiscing. He looked forward to hanging out at Arvin’s, and visiting with family especially when they brought him treats. Vic also enjoyed sitting on his porch swing and watching the birds and squirrels.

Survivors include his children, Tony (Mari) Wedekind of Baraboo, Theresa Wedekind of Sun Prairie, Vicki (Lee) Laurent of Redgranite, Tammy Smith of Baraboo, Sue (Jim) Crawford of Georgetown, Kentucky, William Wedekind of Sun Prairie, and Jonna (Troy) Bennett of Madison; 8 grandchildren, Becki (Mike) Hoppe, Danelle (Cory) Miller, Amanda Cone, Nicola (Justin) Beard, Don (fiancée Melissa) Cone, Jerid Hulberg, Jeremy Myers, and Mikayla Bennett; 16 great-grandchildren; siblings, Mary (Glen) Schulz, Roland (Sandy) Wedekind, Bob (Pat) Wedekind, Karen Lange, and Joyce (Richard) Mueller; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Ellen; parents; grandchildren, James Wedekind and Angela Bennett.

A Prayer Service will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at Funeral Home. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, North Freedom.

“May the winds of heaven blow softly and whisper in your ear how much we love and miss you and wish that you were here.” ~ Unknown author  



Katherine Gonzagowski

Katherine S. Gonzagowski, 75, of Mesa, Arizona, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.

Katherine was born in Mauston on July 29, 1941. Her parents were Joseph and Myrtle Gonzagowski who preceded her in death. She spent most of her adult life in Madison where she worked for 40-plus years as a licensed practical nurse at the Central Wisconsin Center for the developmentally disabled. Following the death of her sister-in-law Patricia (Williams) Gonzagowski, she moved to Baraboo to be with her brother. They spent seven winters as snowbirds in Mesa before moving there in May of 2016. Katherine was very active in the Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary holding offices at the local, state and national level. In 1989 she was installed as the national grand madam president and spent 12 months visiting Aeries in Canada and the United States. She was also an avid sports fan and loved watching her Badgers, Brewers and Packers. She was a charter member of the Madison Packer Backers. In her 20s she played on a traveling fast pitch softball team for Red Dot Foods. She played in many tournaments in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. She loved to travel and spend time in Europe, Canada, Mexico and all 50 states. She also went on many cruises.

She is survived by her brother, Bruce Gonzagowski, of Mesa, Arizona; and many close friends and relatives.

Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m., Sunday, April 9, 2017, at the Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo. Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 10, 2017, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Baraboo with Father Chris Gernetzke officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of mass at 10 a.m. on Monday at the church. Inurnment will be at Roselawn Cemetery in Monona at 1:30 p.m. on Monday. Memorials may be sent in Katherine’s name to Home on the Range, 16351 I-94, Sentinel Butte, ND 58654.

Mark Lee “Bucky” Bender, Baraboo

Mark Lee “Bucky” Bender, age 51 of Baraboo passed away on Sunday, March 26, 2017. Mark, son of Donald and Sharon (Kendall) Bender was born June 23, 1965 in Baraboo. He attended the Baraboo School District for many years and graduated from Waunakee High School, Class of 1986. Mark enjoyed Special Olympics, including softball and bowling. He also enjoyed participating in Wisconsin State Badger Camp, Boy Scout Explorer Post 2391, and Fishing Has No Boundaries. Bucky loved sports, especially listening to local games including the Packers, Badgers and Brewers and attending preseason Packer games.

Survivors include his siblings, Dawn (Bob) Blacker, Don (Cathi) Bender, Melissa Decorah, Connie (Wayne) Dees, and Kellie (Tom) Bergen; step-mother, Rajean Bender as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Memorial Services will be held on Friday, April 7, 2017 at 11 a.m. 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. Inurnment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery, North Freedom. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to special caretakers that cared for Mark throughout the years including Rita, Betsy, and Brenda and Tanya. Also special thanks to Mary Jane Fenske, Kari Wilcox and the staff at Sauk County HHS, Debbie Strait at ContinuUs. Thank you to SSM Health system including Dr. Deering and the MICU staff at St. Mary’s for their extraordinary compassionate care.

Philip McBride, Baraboo

Philip McBride, 76, of Baraboo, passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 at the St. Clare Hospital. He was born on November 6, 1940 in Chicago, Illinois.  The son of Frank and Martha (Klasen) McBride. He worked as a foremen in construction for most of his life and after retirement went to work in Baraboo at St. Joseph Catholic Church. He enjoyed being outdoors and traveling but most of all he loved being a part of the Spooner Rodeo.

 He is survived by his daughter, Michelle Johnson; grandchildren, Jordan Kozub, Hailey Johnson; brother, Jim McBride and other nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, and  brothers, Tom McBride and Jack McBride.

Celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials may be made to the family. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

James Hendricks, Baraboo

James Hendricks, age 62 of Baraboo died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, March 25, 2017. James, son of Omer and Rita (Welter) Hendricks was born Sept. 15, 1954. He was a 1972 Cuba City High School graduate and a 1976 graduate of UW-Platteville. In July of 1986 he married Theresa Lee at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo. James was currently employed by MSA Professional Services for over 30 years of Baraboo as a Controller. He was an avid Chicago Cubs fan since childhood as well as a Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers fan. In his free time he enjoyed golfing and gardening. James was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was proud to be involved in the church choir.

Survivors include his loving wife of 30 years, Terri; children, Allison and Andrew; his siblings, Richard Hendricks of Birmingham, Alabama, Sue (Cedric) Richardson, of Detroit, Michigan; mother-in-law, Pat Lee; brothers and sisters-in-law, Susan (Tim) Schuebel, Bob (Carrie) Lee, Monica (Bill) Fesenmaier, Karen (Paul) Merline as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Charles Hendricks; father-in-law, Marvin Lee and brother-in-law, Kevin Charles.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Jay Poster and Father Bernard Rott co-celebrating. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of mass. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the church. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Ida Elenora Johnson

Ida Elenora Johnson, age 98, of Baraboo passed away on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. She was the daughter of Joseph and Delia (Anderson) Reed. Ida married Elmer Johnson on June 15, 1941. They were married for 67 years. She and Elmer spent the winters for many years in Mesa, AZ where Ida painted many paintings which her family has. She enjoyed playing bridge with her friends. She and Elmer liked to travel and took many trips and cruises. Ida was a member of the Inter-Se Club of Baraboo and a member of the First United Methodist Church and active in the United Methodist Women Organization.

Ida is survived by three sons: Robert (Nancy) Johnson of Baraboo, Jerry (Carol) Johnson of Wis. Rapids, David (Zonda) Johnson of Zionsville, IN and one daughter, Lynda (Steve) Stegmeier of Longmont, CO. Three grandchildren: Andrew (Lisa) Johnson of Rock Springs, Kellie (Matt) Barr of Indianapolis, IN and Joshua Stegmeier of Longmont, CO. Four great grandchildren, Lindsay and Alexis Johnson of Rock Springs and Kieran and Jocelyn Barr of Indianapolis, IN. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Elmer, six brothers and three sisters.

Visitation will be held before the service at First united Methodist Church on Friday, March 24 at 10 a.m. Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church. Thank you to Oak Park Place for the care they provided. 

Charlotte R. Neitzel

Charlotte R. Neitzel, age 77, of Baraboo passed away on Friday, March 17, 2017 at Meadow Ridge Assisted Living. Charlotte, daughter of Roy and Gladys (Wilkinson) Stevens was born on June 18, 1939 in Baraboo, Wisconsin. On May 19, 1962 she was united in marriage to Rodger Neitzel at the Baraboo Presbyterian Church. She enjoying playing bingo and later in life traveling.

Charlotte is survived by her children, Mike (Lori) Neitzel; grandchildren Dustin (Becky) Meyer, Dakota Neitzel and Dezarae Neitzel all of Baraboo; great-grandchildren, Carter and Livia; sister-in-law Rosemary Stevens; special niece Debra (Ken) Steward and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; and brothers, Jack Stevens, Gerald Stevens.

A celebration of Charlotte’s life will be held at Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave, Baraboo, on March 23, 2017 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Burial will be held at Walnut Hill Cemetery at a later date.


Christine M. MacKenzie, Merrimac

Christine Marie MacKenzie, age 66, of Merrimac, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Christine, daughter of Joseph and Jean (Machniak) Hahn was born on October 4, 1950 in Chicago, Illinois. On April 29, 1972 she was united in marriage to Scott A. MacKenzie in Arlington Heights, Illinois.

Christine loved anything that had to do with the lake including waterskiing, ice skating, fishing and boating. Her biggest joy in life was spending time her family and watching the grandkids grow up. She also enjoyed spending time outside gardening and hiking. Christine loved music, sitting at home watching the birds on the bird feeder and enjoyed the company of her cats.   

Christine is survived by her husband Scott MacKenzie of Merrimac; children, Julie (Charlie) Hall of Merrimac, Cyndi (Dan) Gustafson of Guthrie, Oklahoma and Erin (Brian) Silk of Shawano, Wisconsin; 4 grandchildren, Liam, Matthew and Brianna Silk and Harper Gustafson; a sister, Betty (Stewart Powell) Hahn of Peach Tree City, Georgia and brother, Joe (Juliana) Hahn of Merrimac. She was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Frances Hanson.

A private family burial will be held at Oak Hill Cemetery, Merrimac with Father Jay Poster officiating. A celebration of Christine’s life will be held later in the spring.


Charlene Armstrong, Baraboo

Charlene Armstrong, 86, known to family as “Chick” passed away Thursday, March 16, 2017. Loving mother, devoted to her family, a woman who is remembered by her smiling happy nature and giving heart. She was the support our father needed during his last years with dementia. Where she went he was able to follow. You seldom saw one without the other. She lost the love of her life 7 weeks prior so it was now her turn to follow and join him in heaven.

She is survived by her sons, Jim (MaryLou) and Bob; daughter, Sandi (Mark) Nelson; her brother, Bud Jones; sisters, Mary Finnan and Pat Wurtz; grandchildren, Brian Nelson, Jennifer Parlich and Scott Armstrong; great-grandchildren, Alannah, Eliza, Keegan, Alexis and Damien.

She was preceded in death by her husband, William; sons, Rick and Dennis; granddaughter, Amy; brother, Richard; and her sister, Sharon.

A graveside service is planned on June 12, 2017 at Walnut Hill Cemetery followed by a Celebration of Life at Devil’s Lake – South Shore. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Gladys F. “Mickey” Feinberg, 81, of Baraboo, passed away at home on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, surrounded by her family.

Mickey was born on Oct. 7, 1935, in Wonewoc, as the fourth child of 13 born to Leon and Lavina Jackson. At the age of 18 she married Robert H. Feinberg and they moved to the Chicago area where they raised six children. In addition to raising children she was also employed as a switchboard operator for Illinois Bell. In 1980 she moved back to Baraboo to care for her parents and be close to family, then in 1994 she retired from AT&T. Most important to her was spending time with her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, and she was a devoted Cubs fan.

She is survived by her five remaining children, Debbie (Mike) Bruno, Greg (Eileen) Feinberg, Sheilah Feinberg, Cheryl Feinberg and Tania Feinberg. She is also survived by eight grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters; as well as several nieces and nephews.

Mickey is preceded in death by her parents; a son, Kevin; and a brother, Leroy.

A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m., Saturday, March 25, 2017, at Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo. Visitation will take place from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. A celebration of life will follow the memorial service at Baraboo Arts Banquet and Convention Center, 323 Water St., Baraboo.