Marjorie Mae Getschman, Baraboo

Marjorie Getschman, age 84 passed away unexpectedly on Friday, April 28th, 2017 with her loving husband at her side. She was born March 12, 1933 in Endeavor, WI to her parents Vernon McMillen and Illa (Chesky) McMillen.

In 1951, after graduation she worked at Western Union Telegraph in Madison and later in a dental office.

She met the love of her life at a dance in Madison, and she was united in marriage to Lyle Getschman from Baraboo, WI on February 7, 1953. While living in Baraboo she worked in the office of Flambeau Corp. and later part-time at Fletcher Jewelers.

After living in Germany for a couple of years and then Beloit, WI, she and her husband, Lyle purchased a farm east of Baraboo; where they developed Pinehaven Bed and Breakfast, which they operated for over 20 years.

Marjorie was preceded in death by her parents, mother and father in law Treva and Schuyler Getschman, her brother Verle McMillen and sisters in law, Jeanette and June McMillen, Joyce Petzke, Gladys Getschman, brother in law Kenneth Koenecke, and her sweet granddaughter, Kahla Getschman.

She is survived by her husband Lyle, their children Gary (Nancy) Getschman, Reedsburg, Nancy (Robert) Batchelder, Mequon, and David (Pam) Getschman, Baraboo. Four grandchildren, Ryan and Rebekah Batchelder, Milwaukee, and Skyler Getschman, Baraboo and Rachel Getschman, Plover, step grandchildren Brad (Lisa) Raniewicz, Stillwater, MN, Dan (Trista) Raniewicz, Dallas, Texas, Becky (Pete) Flock, Oconomowoc, Jessica Bochek, Milwaukee, brothers in law James Getschman, Baraboo, Earl Petzke, DeForest, Gale (Nancy) Getschman, Baraboo and sister in law LaVonne Koenecke, Reedsburg as well as many nieces, nephews and friends.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Redlin Funeral Home at 11 a.m. with Nancy Gingras officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Inurnment will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery.


Bertha Dittberner, Baraboo

Bertha Dittberner of Baraboo was born Feb. 22, 1919, the daughter of Vernon and Tina (Benson) Higbie in Eagle, WI. Bertha was a part of a large and very close family of 2 brothers and 7 sisters. Most lived near to each other all of their lives. She was called home to the Lord on Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Bertha married Melvin Dittberner on Feb. 16, 1938. They spent their entire lives together in the Baraboo/Merrimac WI area. Melvin farmed and worked for the Farmers Union Coop for many years. Bertha was a homemaker and worked at MacCarthur’s Hammock Factory. They raised 2 daughters and were blessed with 3 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

Bertha was an amazing cook, known especially for her wonderful pies. She was a member of the Immanuel Lutheran Church of Merrimac, WI. She was an active member of the church’s Women’s Group and Bible Study group for many years. She enjoyed playing cards and Bingo and continued cooking, canning vegetables and making jams well into her golden years.

She is survived by daughters, Linda (Mike) Bessler and Mary (Larry) Wendland; grandchildren, Steve (Marta) Bessler, Cindy (Bryce) Molitor and Jeff (Stacie) Wendland; and great-grandchildren, Dexter Molitor and twins, Jaxson and Cooper Wendland, also nieces and nephews who were very dear to her.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Melvin and sisters, Lucille Pollack, Lillian Mudgett, Margaret Mudgett, Toni Peters, Ruth Struebing and by her twin sister and best friend, Martha Thompson; and brothers Ben and Ed Higbie.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Merrimac with Pastor John Ruppenthal officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be held at 2 p.m. at Shanks Cemetery on Tuesday. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family. She will be dearly missed and long remembered. Thanks be to God for the gift of her.

Roger James Larson, Baraboo

Roger James Larson, age 65 of Baraboo passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 with his wife by his side. Roger, son of Kenneth and Marie (Wagner) Larson was born Jan. 11, 1952 in Dubuque, Iowa. On June 8, 1985 he was united in marriage to Jeanette R. Mattke in Baraboo. He was employed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the Zoology Department for over 35 years. Throughout his time there he touched many students and professors hearts. In his free time he loved the peaceful quietness fishing brought. During the holiday season, he enjoyed being Santa Clause for many families and facilities in the Baraboo area. Many children loved him as the “real” Santa.

He is survived by his loving wife, Jeanette; children, Aaron (Tammy), Matthew (Cindy), Amanda, Lexi and Shane (Heather) Larson; 14 grandchildren; siblings, David (Vivian), Gary (Gail), Neil (Marie) and Sharon Larson as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Kenneth Larson and Janeen Larson.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 13, 2017 at 3 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, Roger requested memorials be made to the Zoology Dept. of UW-Madison.

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Today we lost Roger Larson to pancreatic cancer. He was a great and wonderful man who made everybody he came in contact with feel happy. He loved to fish and he loved being Santa Clause. I hope he is in heaven catching endless amounts of walleye in his Santa suit. He will be greatly missed not only by the friends and family members he leaves behind but by the children of Baraboo who he made happy during the holiday season.

Charlotte Mae Davis, Baraboo

Charlotte Mae Davis, 84, of Baraboo, passed away peacefully Friday, April 21, 2017 after a brief illness with family members by her side. Charlotte was born July 7, 1932 to Vernie and Irene Ellingson in Athens, WI. She resided in the Wausau area until meeting the love of her life, Harold Davis. Together they raised six children, three from a previous marriage. Charlotte loved many things in life but none so much as her love for life itself. She enjoyed crocheting, knitting, spending time with family and friends, her jigsaw and word puzzles. She loved attending church services and making crafts to donate to the giving tree.

Charlotte is survived by her children, Gordon (Elaine) Davis of Baraboo, Sue (David) Hyer of Baraboo, Sally Witte of Baraboo, David Davis of Inverness, FL and Tim Davis of Mauston; her granddaughter, Mariya Winchel of Tomah; two great-grandsons, Blake Winchel and Shane Winchel; many nieces, nephews and special friends Judith Connick of Baraboo and Mary Anne Steberis of Baraboo.

Charlotte was precede in death by her husband, Harold; her parents; sister, LuluJean Tews and her daughter, Margaret.

Special thanks to St. Clare Meadows Assisted Living staff whom she truly enjoyed through her many years there. Appreciation also goes to the ER and ICU staff at St. Clare Hospital for the great care she received.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home. A memorial service will take place at 3 p.m. with Pastor Lisa Taylor officiating at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations may be made to the funeral home to assist with funeral expenses.

Barbara J. Paris

Barbara J. Paris, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and child of God, passed away on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at the age of 85.

She was born in Madison, Wisconsin on May 26, 1931, the daughter of George and Beulah Watson. She attended Madison East High School. On April 29, 1950 she was united in marriage to Broadus “Gene” Paris at Bashford Methodist Church in Madison.

Barbara was employed as a secretary by Oscar Mayer and Co. in Madison. Barbara and her family moved to Baraboo in 1953 where they purchased a Standard Oil Station and garage on 8th Street where Kwik Trip is now.

She worked in the Baraboo School District for 28 years as secretary to the School Nurse and later to John B. Young, Principal and other principals who followed. She retired in 1994.

She was an avid tennis player for many years and traveled to small tournaments playing singles and doubles, often bringing home trophies.

After retirement she worked 22 years part-time for Homeward Bound as a Supportive Home Care worker. She had many clients over the 22 years she worked there. She enjoyed spending time with her clients, taking them shopping, cleaning, cooking and doing various other tasks.

She was a member of Emanuel United Methodist church and served as a Sunday School Teacher, Emanuel School Teacher, Bible School Teacher and member of United Methodist Women. She was also Church Secretary at Emanuel during the building of the new church.

She is survived by her husband Broadus “Gene” of Baraboo; her son, Steven of Oakdale, MN, her son, Michael (Suzanne) of Lino Lakes, MN, her daughter Linda (Greg) Bauer of Champlin, MN. She is further survived by nieces, nephews and their families. She dearly loved her grandchildren; Matthew, Brian and Adam Schiesl, Kristin and Jason (Amy) Paris, Ken and Maxine Yamazaki, and Erin Bowe as well as her six beautiful great-grandchildren, Austin, Cayliegh, Alyssa, Brayden, Peggy and Ivan.

She enjoyed many different crafts and loved playing cards with friends. Her favorite pastime was taking her grandchildren to the activities in the Dells. She enjoyed their summer visits to Baraboo and loved taking them to the Circus World Museum, the Dells and Great America.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Beulah and George Watson; brother, Bruce and sister-in-law, Burnette Watson; an infant daughter, Susan Marie who died in 1958; daughter-in-law, Peggy Paris and brother-in-law, Charles Paris.

Barb and her family would like to thank Dr. Carlson, Agrace Hospice Care and all of their staff, especially Deb, as well as the members of Emanuel United Methodist Church and friends and family for their love and support.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Emanuel United Methodist Church in Baraboo with Pastor Blake Overlien officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the church as well as from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Saturday. Memorials preferred to SJS Cancer Support Team. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Madalynne L. Lyon, Baraboo

Madalynne L. Lyon, age 94 died Saturday, April 15, 2017 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center after a brief stay. She had previously lived at Our House Assisted Living in Baraboo where after 92 years she was fondly given the nickname of “Maddie”. Madalynne, daughter of Roland F. and Selma M. (Stroede) LaMar was born in Fairfield Township April 30, 1922. On Oct. 12, 1940 she was united in marriage to Earl A. Lyon. Madalynne graduated from Baraboo High School and entered the work place at St. Mary’s Ringling Hospital as a nurse’s aide and eventually retired from St. Clare Hospital. Her hobbies included reading and history; particularly family history. Madalynne was a descendant of the Wallace Rowan family that settled in the Baraboo area in 1839; they were recognized as a sesquicentennial family of the Baraboo Valley on July 24, 1999. She was a longtime parishioner of West Baraboo Church of God and at one time was a Sunday School teacher. Madalynne also participated in their Bible Studies.

She is survived by her three children, Nancy L. (William) Haskins of Baraboo, Janice J. Newell of Lakewood, CO and Steven R. (Grace) Lyon of Pittsburg, PA; six grandchildren, Dale (Shawn) Haskins, Tamara (James) Mooney, Kirby (Jaimy) Haskins, Glen (Cara) Newell, Madalyn (John) Snyder and Steven A. Lyon; 12 great-grandchildren, D. Roland Haskins, Lindsay S. Haskins, Joshua T. Skilondz, Michael J. Mooney, Chantalle D. Mooney, Summer L. Mooney, Autumn J. Mooney, Ryan E. Haskins, Kyle E. Haskins, Riley I. Haskins, Audra N. Snyder and Hannah S. Snyder; she is further survived by her sister, Barbara (Les) Roesler of Wisconsin Dells as well as other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Phyllis (Arthur) Hill and her brother, Vernon (Lucille Apker) LaMar.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 1 p.m. at West Baraboo Church of God with Pastor Derick Bacon and Pastor William Haskins co-officiating. Visitation will be held from noon until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Joanne M. Pieper- Camden, Arkansas/ Baraboo, Wisconsin

Joanne M. Pieper, age 70, formerly of Baraboo, passed away peacefully at home on April 7, 2017 in Camden, AR., after a battle with cancer. She was born May 4, 1946 to Joseph and Geraldine (Lede) Obadal in Phillips, WI. On May 10, 1969 she married Edwin A. Pieper in Phillips, WI.

Joanne served two years in the United States Army. She worked at Badger Ammunition Plant outside of Baraboo, WI., for a few years. Joanne then went on to work for Flambeau Plastics in Baraboo where she worked as a shipping clerk for many years until retirement. She lived in Baraboo for many years until in 2012 she moved to Camden, Arkansas to be close to her daughter Pam.

Joanne is survived by daughter, Pamela (Jack Mitchell) Pieper of Camden, AR; sisters, Carol Ponshock, Barb (George) Meives; brothers, John (Maggie) Obadal, Tom Obadal all of Phillips, WI; brother-in-law, August (Bev) Pieper of Madison, WI.; sister-in-law, Lea (Tom) Goodney of Platteville, WI; step sister-in-law, Brenda Rotzoll of Baraboo, WI.; and many other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. She is proceeded in death by her parents; her husband, Ed; and son, Gregory.

A visitation will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 from 9 A.M. until 10:30 A.M. at Redlin Funeral Home.  A graveside prayer service and burial will follow at 11:00 A.M. that same day at Tucker Cemetery in Greenfield Township, WI.


Charles Henry “Charlie” Bair, Baraboo

Charles Henry Bair, 75, passed away Friday, April 7, at his home in Baraboo, Wisconsin. He was born October 13, 1941, at St. Mary’s Ringling Hospital in Baraboo to Harold and Evelyn (Grover) Bair.

Charlie grew up at his family farm in Fairfield and attended Lower Narrows School for grades one through eight. Charlie spoke fondly of working summers for the Litscher family on their farm. He attended Baraboo High School, where he excelled at basketball and football. Charlie received all-conference honors for basketball and  honorable mention all-state recognition for football. After graduating in 1959, Charlie attended UW-Stevens Point, majoring in secondary education. He married Jennifer Brannan and had three sons: Charles (Hank), Jr., Jason, and Matthew.

He taught at Columbus High School in Columbus, Wisconsin, but then returned to Baraboo and taught history and political science at Baraboo High School. He also coached football and track. He was proud to have played a role in the 1970 and 1971 undefeated football teams and the 1971 state championship track team. Charlie worked many summers as a policeman at Devil’s Lake State Park and enjoyed spending time with his family at their cabin on the South Shore of Devil’s Lake. On June 18, 1977, Charlie married Barbara Bates and they had one son, Jesse.

Later, Charlie accepted a position as teacher at the St. Clare Hospital adolescent alcohol and drug treatment program. He then worked in environmental services until his retirement. Charlie took great pleasure watching his sons participate in many sports, including football, hockey, basketball, and track. He also enjoyed watching and discussing Wisconsin sports, arguing politics, and traveling.

He is preceded in death by his parents and brother Allan, and is survived by his wife and four sons, two grandsons, sister Donna Meyer, brother Tom, and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws.

In lieu of a public service, family has chosen to remember him privately. Donations may be made on his behalf to the Baraboo Blue Line Club, in support of Baraboo hockey. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Robert Leroy Sefkar

Robert “Bob” Leroy Sefkar, age 75 of Baraboo died on Friday, April 7, 2017 at St. Clare Hospital. Robert, son of Emanuel and Meta (Radke) Sefkar was born May 31, 1941 in Reedsburg. He was baptized at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Big Creek), LaValle. He graduated from Reedsburg High School, Class of 1959. On Dec. 8, 1961 he was united in marriage to Karin Meyer. He worked over 40 years in thermal insulation for various companies and was a member of Local Unions 19 and 127. Bob was a member of Lake Redstone Property Owners Association and served as vice-president for a period. He was an active member of St. John’s Lutheran Church. In his free time he loved spending time at ‘Bert East’ and Lake Redstone.

Survivors include his loving wife of over 54 years, Karin; son, Rich Sefkar; granddaughter, Maddy; sisters, Arnita (Ron) Templin and Marilyn (Dennis) Catterson; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Nick Maglietto officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, April 10, 2017 at Redlin Funeral Home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be held at a later date.

Jacques P. Heiner, Lake Delton

Jacques P. Heiner, age 50 of Lake Delton, went to be with the Lord Sunday, April 2, 2017 after a courageous 3 year battle with cancer.

Jacques was born Jan. 14, 1967 in San Jose, California to Gerold and Jacqueline Heiner.

He was preceded in death by his parents; older brother, George and sister, Jacqueline.

He is survived by his beloved wife of almost 25 years, Kathi; five precious children, Samantha (Jay) Pearce, Noelle, Jack, Gigi and Pierre Heiner; granddaughter, Rosie; siblings, Jeanette, Michelle, Christian, Thomas, Martin, Francis, Phillip and Catherine; as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was always positive, persevering, fun-loving with an amazing sense of humor. But most of all he loved the Lord with all his heart, soul and mind. He was dearly loved and will be missed beyond words.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Living Hope Church with Pastor Dave Bauman officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will follow at Lake Delton Village Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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