Dustin Edward Meeker, Portage

Dustin Edward Meeker, age 26 of Portage, passed away unexpectedly early Friday morning, Aug. 25, 2017 with his family at his side. Dustin, son of William and Tammy Meeker was born Oct. 26, 1990 in Madison. Dustin grew up in Wisconsin Dells, attended WDHS and graduated in 2009. He worked at Moosejaw throughout school until he joined the Navy and served 6 years active duty. After coming home, he became a Correctional Officer for the Columbia County Correctional Institution in Portage where he worked until his passing. Dustin loved to party and enjoy time with his family and many friends. Dustin had a passion for the outdoors, his job, cooking and making people smile and laugh.

He was preceded in death by his uncle, Steven Mackeben; brother, Billy; sister, Christina; nephew, Zachary Meeker; grandparents, Charles and Marge Meeker and his uncle, Robert Meeker.

He is survived by his parents, William and Tammy Meeker; grandmother, Mary Mackeben; sister, Amanda (Kory) Denman; brother, Andrew (Amanda) Meeker; brother, Ben (Cassie) Boyer, and many nieces and nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at 1 pm at Redlin Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 10 am until the time of the service at the funeral home. Burial with military rites will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave., Baraboo, WI  53913 or monetary donations may be made at Go Fund Me once the page for Dustin is finalized, to assist in expenses. To help the family celebrate Dustin, all are asked to wear their favorite t-shirt and jeans to the services.

Michael Dennis Fuhrman, Baraboo

Michael Dennis Fuhrman, 68 of Baraboo, passed away peacefully with his wife, Susan and good friend, Patty Russell by his side on Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. Michael was born on Dec. 5, 1948 in Milwaukee to the late Warren “Mike” Fuhrman and Virginia (Austin) Fuhrman. He married Susan Bauer on Nov. 18, 1972. Their marriage was blessed with two sons. He attended Dominican High School, and Marquette University. He was honorably discharged from the US Army National Guard. He retired from Kwik Trip in 2011. He enjoyed spending time with his family. His grandchildren were the loves of his life.

Michael is survived by his loving wife, Susan; son, Michael Jr. (Heather) and grandchildren, Samantha, Elizabeth and Michael III; son, Robert (Jenelle) and grandchildren, Tanner, Austin, Kayli and Olivia; sister, Patricia (James) Lein and nephews, Christopher and David; sister-in-law, Fran (Jim) Prouxl; brother-in-law, Joseph (Carol) Bauer and nieces, Elizabeth (Jonathon) Giencke and Amy (Randall) Jung; sister-in-law, Lynn Bauer and good friends, Jan and Jim Edwards. He is also survived by other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, John Bauer; mother-in-law, Elenore (Cwiklinski) Bauer and brother-in-law, John “Bucky” Bauer as well as special friend, Chuck Bluma.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 at 12, noon at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Jared Holzhuter officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:30am until the time of mass at the church on Wednesday. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery where military rites will be conducted. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Virginia Rose Marousek, Olathe, KS

Virginia Rose Marousek, 86, passed away Aug. 21, 2017 at Good Samaritan in Olathe, KS. Visitation 4-7:00 pm Mon., Aug. 28, 2017 at Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave, Baraboo, WI, 53913 608-356-6571 with a Rosary following at 7:00 pm. Mass of Christian Burial 11:00 am Tues., Aug. 29, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 300 2nd St. Baraboo, WI 53913. Burial follows at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Baraboo, WI. Memorial contributions may be made to Bruce Funeral Home for funeral expenses or St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo. Condolences may be left at www.brucefuneralhome.com

Virginia was born September 8, 1930 in Baraboo, WI to Frank and Lottie E. (James) Gonzagowski. She grew up in Baraboo where she graduated from Baraboo High School in 1948. Virginia married Lester Robert Marousek on October 27, 1951. She continued life as a homemaker in Baraboo. She was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Baraboo. Lester died in November 1985. Virginia moved to Warsaw, MO in the fall of 1992 and then to Lee’s Summit, MO in the spring of 2011. She spent her last two years at the Good Samaritan Society Nursing Home in Olathe, KS.  She enjoyed embroidery, knitting, and golfing. She will be dearly missed by friends and family.

She was preceded in death by her husband and siblings: Stanley Gonzagowski, Dorothy Becker and Catherine Hite. Virginia is survived by her children: Dale and wife Marilyn Marousek, Wisconsin Dells, WI, Donna and husband Rodney Slinker, Lee’s Summit, MO, Charles and wife Beth Marousek, Bloomingville, OH, Robert Marousek, Columbus, WI and Diane and husband John Cox, Gardner, KS; siblings: Francis and wife Florence Gonzagowski, Leonard Gonzagowski, John and wife Catherine Gonzagowski, Roger and wife Marilyn Gonzagowski and Robert and wife Carol Gonzagowski; 13 grandchildren; loving great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Nancy A. Pretsch, Baraboo

Nancy A. Pretsch, age 49 of Baraboo passed away Saturday, August 19, 2017 at Sauk Prairie Healthcare. Nancy daughter of Kenneth Pretsch, Sr. and Darlene Cypher was born April 19, 1968 in Beloit WI with a defective heart. Most of her school years were at Hillsboro, WI . She graduated at Beloit High School. Nancy came to Baraboo to be with her family where she worked at Devil’s Head Ski Resort, Dairy Queen, Wisconsin Cheeseman and Wal-Mart. Her favorite outing was watching her son play sports. Nancy’s hobbies were playing cards and doing beadwork crafts.

She is survived by her mother, Darlene (Richard) Cypher of Baraboo; son, Joshua Pretsch of Baraboo; 4 brothers, Kenneth Pretsch of Beloit, Ronald (Sandy) Pretsch of Baraboo, George (Joanne) Rettammel of Portage, Daniel Rettammel of Baraboo; 2 sisters, Vicki (Randal) Boehm of Mauston, Cindy (DJ) Gabbard of Beloit and many other nephews nieces and friends.   

She was preceded in death by her father, Kenneth Pretsch Sr.; brother, Stephen Pretsch;  and two nephews.

Memorial services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Saturday, August 26, 2017 at 11:00 am with Pastor Nick Maglietto officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:00 am until the time of service at the church. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Reid A. Kiefer, Baraboo

Reid A. Kiefer, age 55 of Baraboo died Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at home. Reid, son of Connie (Frances) Kiefer and Robert (Rita) Benson was born Sept. 1, 1961 in Portage, WI. He was a graduate of Portage High School. Reid worked as a contractor for many years but most recently was employed by Menards at the material desk. Reid was an avid hunter and fisherman; he especially enjoyed his hunting with his special hunting buddy, Cody. Anyone that ever was to the house was considered family. He loved his extended family also his many friends from Menards. Reid enjoyed participating with Outdoor Adventures for Disabled Hunters. On May 22, 1994 he was united in marriage to Lona Thornton.

He is survived by his loving wife, Lona; parents, Frances Kiefer and Robert (Rita) Benson; children, Whitney Kiefer, Ashley (grandson, Stephan) Kiefer, Deanna (Michael) Foss, Kristi (Ronnel) Deering, Stacey Meichus, Jacob (Molly Rondorf) Feick and Jason Feick; 16 grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren; siblings, Robert (Diana) Kiefer, Brian Kiefer, Nicholas Benson, Tanya (Scott) Manley, Sasha Benson and Sara Benson; brother-in-law, Jerry (Mary Ann) Thornton; sister-in-law, Tammy (Tracy) Ebert as well as aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Reid was preceded in death by his mother, Connie Kiefer; and grandparents, Frank (Vivian) Kiefer and Louie (Doneen) Haller.

A memorial visitation will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave. in Baraboo; followed by a celebration of life lunch at Max J. Hill Park, 625 Connie Road, West Baraboo. from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Arlene Shew, Baraboo

Arlene Martha (Swanson) Shew passed away after living 4 1/2 years at SCMCC on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017 at the age of 94; she was born Sept. 13, 1922 to Rex and Freda Swanson. She graduated in 1940. Arlene was married on Dec. 25, 1941 to Benjamin Franklin Shew. Arlene, along with her husband Ben, owned and operated the Park View Inn grocery store, bar and restaurant. They also owned the Shew Motel and cabins. At one time, Arlene worked for Darrow’s Super Market, as well as Pierce’s Super Market in the 1950’s. She used to babysit for a morning bowling league at Thunderbird Lanes. She also loved to go to garage sales, as well as have garage sales. Her love of knitting and crocheting produced many afghans, hand towels, and other items. Arlene and her husband Ben took many vacations and saw a lot of the United States from coast to coast.

She is survived by her three children, Sharon (Bert) Payne of Baraboo, Joy (Jim) Smith of Portage; Tom Shew of Baraboo; one sister, Gloria Koch of Poynette; six grandchildren, Mark (Cheryl) McWilliams of Waunakee, Kim (Brian) Sefkar of Baraboo, Jay (Kerry) McWilliams of Elroy, Steve (Amanda) Payne of Baraboo, Adam (Amy) Romberg of Baraboo, Wade (Kristi) Romberg of Friendship; 18 great-grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren, many other family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ben in 1987 and daughter-in-law, Konalee in 2011.

Memorial Services will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 16, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Lisa Newberry officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Inurnment will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. Remember, Goodbyes are not forever, are not the end; it simply means I’ll miss you until we meet again. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.


Carol L. Blystad, Baraboo

Carol L. Blystad, 77, of Baraboo, died on Sunday, August 6, 2017.

Carol, daughter of George and Margaret (Duncan) Lestina, was born May 6, 1940 in Wilmette, Illinois. On August 26, 1967, Carol was united in marriage to Charles Blystad in Wilmette, IL.

Carol graduated from University of Wisconsin – Madison with a nursing degree.  She worked as a nurse at Medical Associates for over 20 years. In her free time she enjoyed knitting and quilting.

She is survived by her loving husband, Charles; daughters Laura (Scott) Weiler and Carrie (Michael) Piantoni; and grandchildren Samantha, Zachary, and Abigail.  In addition, Carol is survived by siblings Margaret (Victor Melville) Sellers, Alice (Jack) Gilhart, and Duncan (Emma) Lestina; sister-in-law Barbara Clark; brother-in-law Arthur Blystad as well as  nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.

Carol was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services for Carol will be conducted at 4:00 pm on Friday, August 18, 2017 at Redlin Funeral Home. Visitation will be held on Friday from 3:00 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association or PBS.

David William Baumgarten, North Freedom

David William Baumgarten, 73, of North Freedom, died on August 3, 2017. And because his savior Jesus Christ conquered death, he was welcomed into eternal life on that very day. We know, as Jesus promised Mary, “I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.”

He was born to Martin and Clara Baumgarten on September 5, 1943, in Town of Freedom, Sauk County, Wisconsin, who baptized him in Christ on September 26. He was confirmed in the faith in 1957 at St John Lutheran Church in Rock Springs.

David graduated from Webb High School, Reedsburg, in 1961. On August 17, 1968, he married Carol Behn at St. Peter’s, Loganville. Carol and David were blessed with two children, Jeff and Sara.

He lived the life of a servant, walking in the step of his Lord, serving his family, his neighbors, and his nation. He served his nation in the Army National Guard, as a husband and parent, in countless musical endeavors, and as a leader in his church and community. In his work he was conscientious, dedicated and loyal. Dave could talk to anyone, whether a friend, customer, or stranger, and make them feel comfortable.  He lived by example, and his example will stay with us always. “For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.” (Psalm 100:5)

He was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings Lois Strobel, Lyle Baumgarten, and Charlene Lauersdorf, brother-in-law Richard Strobel, sister-in-law Lorna Baumgarten, and numerous aunts and uncles. He is survived by his wife Carol; son Jeff, his wife Rebecca and children Liam, Koen and Lilah; daughter Sara Kreuter, her husband David, and children Elswyth and Thaleia; brother-in-law Bill (Tricia) Behn; brother-in-law Carl (Kay) Behn; brother-in-law Richard Lauersdorf; Aunt Violet Vinz; Uncle Melvin Baumgarten; aunt Mary Ellen Baumgarten; and many beloved nieces and nephews. He will be dearly missed by his family, church families and many friends and neighbors, so many of whom have given their support during this sad time

Funeral services for David Baumgarten will be conducted at 11:00 am on Monday, August 7, 2017 at St. John Ev. Lutheran Church in Rock Springs with Rev. David Karow officiating. Burial will be at Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom where military rites will be conducted. Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 6, 2017 from 4:00 until 8:00 pm at the Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo, and again on Monday morning from 10:00 am until the time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials in David’s name can be made to St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church in Rock Springs.

“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23