Geraldine Fern Knapton, Greenwood

Geraldine Fern Knapton, age 84 of Greenwood, formerly of Baraboo, passed away Saturday, September 23, 2017, at House of the Dove in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Geraldine, daughter of Ernest and Virginia (Knapp) Schueman was born April 27, 1933, in Greenfield, Monroe County, Wisconsin. Geraldine also recently lived for a short time at Well’s Nature View of Marshfield. 

As a young lady, she worked in Madison as a housekeeper for Wisconsin State Judge and Mrs. M. Rosenberry, and Dr. and Mrs. Tweeten. She then moved to Baraboo and worked as a housekeeper until her marriage to Daniel Willard Knapton on June 3, 1950, at Grace Lutheran Church in Alma Center, Jackson County, Wisconsin. Together, Geraldine and Daniel owned and operated their own farm near Baraboo for 66 years. Working side-by-side, they strove for success, and proudly achieved (from Wisconsin Dairies) 6 top quality milk awards and awards of excellence for their quality of milk production between 1985 and 1991. The awards reflect the best production of farms in the tri-state area. After Daniel’s passing, she found employment with Saint Claire Children’s Center and housekeeping for various Baraboo residents. She later worked in the Bakery Department at Darrow’s Supermarket and as a baker at Ski-Hi Fruit Farm.  She more recently served as a cook at Baraboo South and West Elementary Schools, where she enjoyed conversing with the children and adults during lunch times. 

Geraldine was most proud of finally receiving her GED at age 69.

She was a longtime member of St. John’s Lutheran Church of Baraboo, was a member of the Owls Club, Ladies Aide, volunteered at the Circus World Museum, and helped with the Sauk County ADRC mailings. 

Geraldine was a caretaker – not only of her husband, Daniel, in his later years, but also of her many gardens, kittens, and farm animals. She always wanted to be available to help her family. She is survived by her daughter, Linda (Roger) Schwarze; grandson, Daniel J. Winch; great-granddaughter, Joslyn Winch; siblings: John (Bonnie) Schueman, Doris Lloyd, and Arlene Schuckhart; sister-in-law, Laverne Schueman, as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Daniel; siblings: Ernest Schueman Jr., Vivian Wehrman, Jean Knapton, Carol Church, as well as infant siblings Marvin and Lenny Schueman.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 30, 2017, at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Nick Maglietto officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery.  The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family. 


Doris Pollard Wichern, Baraboo

Doris Pollard Wichern (nee Brown), 96 years old, of Baraboo, was born to eternal life Sept. 21, 2017 at Meadow Ridge Assisted Living after a brief illness.

She was born June 3, 1921 in Shennington, Wisconsin, the daughter of Harry and Lucille Brown. In 1941 she married James B. Pollard in Kendall, Wisconsin with whom she raised a family and lived for 47 years until his death in 1989.

During the next ten years, she traveled, volunteered at several places including The Circus World Museum, St. Clare Hospital and St. Clare Meadows. She enjoyed the company of friends and also cared for her mother who lived to be 105 years old.

While volunteering at St. Clare Meadows in Baraboo she met a fellow volunteer named Earl Wichern and they married on Sept. 20, 1999.

Doris has been a longtime resident of Baraboo, arriving with her family shortly after her husband returned from World War II.

She graduated from Kendall, Wisconsin High School in 1939 as Salutatorian and attended a business college in Elgin, Illinois. She worked in various secretarial capacities in Baraboo for many years.

She was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, participating in several different organizations over the years. Until last year she was an active member of Curves and still volunteered at St. Clare Meadows. She was also an avid reader.

She was preceded in death by her parents Harry and Lucille Brown, brothers Stanley and Harris Brown and husband James B. Pollard.

Doris is survived by her husband of 18 years, Earl Wichern and his daughter, Sandi Wichern and Doris’s children, James S. Pollard (Judy), Mary D. Perz (Thomas) and Thomas W. Pollard (Lila), 11 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren as well as many relatives and friends.

The family is so grateful for the ultimate in care received from Dr. Stuart Hannah, the entire loving staff at Meadow Ridge and Home Health United Hospice.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 300 2nd St., Baraboo, WI 53913 at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2017 with Father Jay Poster officiating. Friends may call from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church before the service. Burial will be at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Harley Fox Gantz, Baraboo

Harley Fox Gantz, 90, of Baraboo entered into eternal rest on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at the St. Clare Meadows Care Center. Harley was born on January 31, 1927, in Sharpesville PA, the son of Carl K. and Ann Rachael (Cameron) Gantz. Harley was united in marriage to Diana May Wilkins on Sept. 11, 1948, in Sharon, Pa, and enjoyed 66 years of marriage until the passing of Diana in 2015.
Harley left high school during his mid-senior year (1945) to answer his call of duty. Harley was able to attend his high school graduation, wearing his Navy dress blues, promptly leaving to join the war effort. As a Seaman 1st Class, Harley served aboard Naval escort Destroyer, USS Fred T Berry, assigned to the War in the Pacific. Harley earned ribbons for serving in the Asia-Pacific Campaign, the American Campaign, and earned the Victory Medal at the conclusion of the WWII.
After the war, Harley attended Michigan State University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science from the College of Agriculture and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry (1951).
After college Harley and his wife Diana settled in Cattaraugus, New York and started a family. Harley worked for several US and Canadian Veneer manufacturers and traveled throughout the US during his business years. Harley and Diana lived in Virginia, Illinois, and Iowa, before making a final home in Baraboo, WI.
Harley’s life passions were woodworking and the outdoors. Harley built a summer home with a pond on the property he nurtured for over 50 years. He and his wife, Diana, spent many enjoyable decades entertaining friends and family at his upstate New York home located in the Allegany National Forest. Harley enjoyed making furniture for his four children, and making wooden toys for his 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Harley was active in the Methodist church in the communities in which he lived and was also a Boy Scout leader. During retirement, Harley kept active volunteering as a driver for the Mississippi Valley Blood Center and Meals on Wheels, and enjoyed traveling with Diana throughout the US.
Harley is survived by his 4 children; Laurel Willhouse, Christopher (Mary) Gantz, Derwin Gantz and Cameron Gantz.
Harley was preceded in death by his parents: Carl and Rachael, and sister Delores J (Gantz) Klass.
A private family remembrance and celebration of his life will take place in early October. Harley will be buried along with his beloved wife Diana in the Veterans section of the Walnut Hill Cemetery, Baraboo.
Friends who wish to remember him should consider memorials to First United Methodist Church of Baraboo, 615 Broadway St., Baraboo, WI 53913.
Harley’s family would like to thank the staff of St. Clare Meadows for loving care, help and support for Harley in his final years, and to the The Redlin Funeral Home who is assisting the family.

Timothy Ken Vertein, Baraboo

Timothy Ken Vertein passed away on September 17, 2017 at the age of 60, surrounded by his loving family at home in Baraboo, WI.  Tim was born to Ken and LaVeta Vertein on April 15, 1957 in Reedsburg, WI.  He was the second child of four, having one older sister and two younger.  In 1971, Tim graduated from St. John’s Elementary School in Baraboo, and would later see all three of his children do the same.  Tim graduated from Baraboo High School in 1975 and later moved to New York City to pursue his dream of being a chef.  He received his diploma from the Culinary Institute of America in 1981.  He then traveled the country as an Executive Chef opening new hotel restaurants.  While in Oklahoma City, a friend’s younger sister moved to be closer to her brother, then started working with Tim.  This is how Tim met his wife, Maria.  They were married on October 30, 1987.  Together, they had three beautiful children, Timothy Apolo, Erick Jonathon, and Diana Michelle.  Tim convinced, though some may say tricked, Maria to gradually move north to Wisconsin, finally settling down in Baraboo.  Tim loved his children, always making sure to volunteer to be a field trip chaperone and to attend all his kids’ math meets, forensic tournaments, graduations, and sporting events.  Tim also loved the work he did for the University of Wisconsin and the Memorial Union.  He was particularly proud of his work with Butch’s Bologna Bash, Chili Cook-off, and the Badger Bash.  Tim was also heavily involved with the New Union and Union South buildings, and would gladly give anyone a tour to point out his influences.  Tim found the perfect job to showcase his love of the Badgers.  Tim was known for his humor in everything he did, whether when he was taking the family on cross-country road trips, going camping, or playing cards.  Tim also enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, and golfing.

Tim is survived by his loving wife Maria, his children, Timothy (Rachel), Erick (Barbara), Diana (Shelly), his step-daughter Mariana Costilla and granddaughter Dana, his parents Kenneth and LaVeta, and sisters Regina (Bob) Derlein, Kerri Vertein, and Annie Kolar.

A celebration of life will be held on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at the Waunakee Village Center, 333 South Madison Street,  from 2 to 5 p.m. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Evelyn A. Platt, Baraboo

Evelyn A. Platt of Baraboo, died peacefully at age 97, surrounded by her loving family, on September 15, 2017, at Oak Park Place in Baraboo. Evelyn was born on Friday, February 27, 1920, in the small farming community of Reedsville, Wisconsin to William J. Krueger and Anna Kunert Krueger. William and Anna proudly announced Evelyn’s birth and arrival as a “Friday’s child”, which, from an old nursery rhyme dating back to the 16th century, reads … “Friday’s child is loving and giving”.  She lived her entire life as a Friday’s child loving her sons and family, admiring the natural beauty of the world, adoring every child she met, and devotedly teaching children over a 38 year career. Evelyn was raised on a small farm where she and her family’s primary spoken language was German. It was here where she learned the true meaning of hard work, cared for and tended to other living beings, and learned life seldom goes according to the original plan.  Evelyn attended rural schools and was a graduate of Reedsville High School.  She was the first in her family to pursue secondary education.  She attended and graduated from the Milwaukee State Teacher’s College (now the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee) in 1942. With degrees in both Primary and Exceptional Education, her first teaching opportunity took her to Appleton where a few years later she met Clinton Platt from Baraboo.  She was united in marriage to Clinton W. Platt on June 26, 1948 and moved to Baraboo.  They were married 20 wonderful years until Clinton’s death in 1968.  Evelyn taught children for 38 years; 6 years as an elementary teacher in Appleton and 32 years primarily as a special needs teacher in Baraboo.  Over those years she mentored and provided loving guidance to hundreds of children.  Throughout her busy teaching years, Evelyn directed the Children’s Choir at the First United Methodist Church, taught piano lessons, and enjoyed her beautiful garden with beds of flowers and tree roses.  She was a member of the National and Wisconsin Retired Teacher’s Association, P.E.O. Chapter B.R. Baraboo, and First United Methodist Church.  Evelyn was a wonderful person, mother, mother-in-law, grandmother, and friend to many.  She loved to talk with her sons, their spouses, grandchildren and friends.  By her example she taught her family compassion, humor, kindness, love, determination, and the strength and importance of family.  She will be greatly missed by those she loved and those who loved her.  She is survived by her two sons and their spouses, Brian C. Platt (Janet), Highland, Utah; and Todd W. Platt (Margaret “Peggy”), Appleton, Wisconsin.  She is further survived by four grandchildren, David Platt (Alexis), Laura Platt (Kevin McParlan), Lindsey Easterly (Darek), and Andrew Platt (Melissa); as well as four great-grandchildren and three nieces, Janet Stephenson, Susan Richey, and Carol Saylor, she was very close to.  She was preceded in death by her parents William J. Krueger and Anna Kunert Kruger, husband Clinton W. Platt, and sister Ruby Krueger Salutz.  Visitation will be at the First United Methodist Church, 615 Broadway Street, Baraboo, starting at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, September 21st, 2017 followed by a funeral service at 11:00 a.m. with reception to follow. Memorial contributions can be made to the “Evelyn Platt Memorial Fund” which the family will use towards Baraboo School District special needs students, the First United Methodist Church Choir, and garden plantings at Oak Park Place.  Evelyn’s family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the compassionate and loving staff at Oak Park and to the Agrace Hospice care giving team.  Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Evelyn loved the following verse …

“Just remember, in the winter, far beneath the bitter snows, lays a seed, that with the sun’s love, in the spring, becomes the rose.”                                                                                                            Amanda McBroom

Laura A. Joachim, Baraboo

Laura A. Joachim, age 93 of Baraboo died Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017 at St. Clare Hospital after a short illness. Laura, daughter of Ewald and Elizabeth (Henke) Gurgle was born Nov. 24, 1923 in Reedsburg. She met her future husband at Niagara Falls, New York at the height of World War Two and was united in marriage to Michael Charles Joachim on Jan. 19, 1944 at the Dale Mabry Field Chapel in Tallahassee, Florida. She started her working career as a nanny and also was employed by St. John’s Lutheran School and the University of Baraboo-Sauk County in the kitchen where her culinary skills delighted many students over the years. 

Laura was a true depression era child who wasted nothing and whose frugality would be a lesson well learned by contemporary Americans.  In earlier years she loved to cook, garden, fish and camp, and she loved those large extended family gatherings at holidays.

Survivors include her sons, Jim Joachim of Baraboo and Steve Joachim Virginia Beach, Virginia; grandchildren, Sara Joachim of Norfolk, Virginia and Zachary Joachim of Richmond, Virginia; brother, Martin Gurgle of Baraboo; sister, Marian Powers of Baraboo as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, second cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Michael; and her siblings, Fred, Raymond, Hilda, Viola, Irene and Delores.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church with Pastor Nick Maglietto officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom. Memorials may be made to the American Red Cross to assist in Hurricane Relief. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Joyce L. Litscher, Baraboo

Joyce L. Litscher died Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center at the age of 86. Joyce, daughter of John and Mildred (Johnson) Sinner was born Nov. 11, 1930 in Baraboo. She graduated from Baraboo High School where she was a drum major in the BHS band as well as a clarinet player. On March 5, 1949 she was united in marriage to John H. Litscher at First United Methodist Church in Baraboo; he preceded her in death on April 18, 2016.

Joyce was first and foremost a farmer’s wife; she was a hard worker that helped with her husband on their dairy farm in many capacities including chores, driving tractor and cooking for the hired hands. She also worked for Fulmer Bus Co. and the Sauk County Fair Grounds helping with anything from mowing to office work and maintenance tasks. Joyce also worked at the South Shore Concession stand at Devil’s Lake. When she had free time she enjoyed bowling, playing cards, Yahtzee and playing Kozoo.

She is survived by her children, Johnny Litscher of Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Jerry (Patricia Cummings) Litscher, Joe (Karen) Litscher, Jim (Eva Wink) all of Baraboo; grandchildren, Jeremy Litscher, Justin (Tara) Litscher, Julie (Sean) Goodman, Jeanette (Paul) Rock, Erin (Pat) Cassidy, Dan (Ashley) Litscher, Jackie, and Jenna Litscher; great-grandchildren, Maddison and Charleston Litscher, Ethan and Mya Goodman, Althea Rock, Kaylee, Ryan and Quinn Cassidy, and Ali, Adi, and Stella Litscher; she is further survived by her brother, Gene (Audrey) Sinner of Baraboo; sisters-in-law, Elaine Pierce, Joan Litscher and Mary Sinner as well as many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

Preceding her in death were her parents; husband, John; sister, Janis Smith; brothers, Virgil and Duane (Florence) Sinner;  brothers-in-law, LeRoy “Pete” Litscher, Jim Pierce, Orlin (Evelyn) Trager and Bob (Marge) Litscher; and her sister-in-law, Lorene (Royce) Harrison.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, Sept. 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church with Pastor Marianne Cotter officiating. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. Visitation will take place on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home and on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church.

The family would like to extend a special Thanks to Dr. Carlson, and other doctors, nursing staff of the St. Clare Meadows Care Center and the Carson Courts employees and friends as well as special friend, Brittany Spencer for their loving, compassionate care and friendship. Memorials may be made to the family.

Carl Brahmstead, Baraboo

Carl Jeffery Brahmstead, age 87 of Baraboo died Friday, Sept. 8, 2017 at home. Carl, son of Arthur and Charlotte (Scott) Brahmstead was born April 21, 1930 in Wisconsin Rapids.

Carl proudly served his country in the U. S. Air Force and was honorably discharged. He was united in marriage to Charlotte Alford; she preceded him in death on Feb. 27, 1988. Carl was employed by Milwaukee Transit System as a bus driver for over 30 years; he retired as Division Superintendent. On Nov. 24, 1990 he was united in marriage to Dorothy Steinhorst at First United Presbyterian Church in Baraboo. He was a member of Legionnaire Post 188 in East Troy. Many people will remember Carl for being Santa Claus in East Troy on the Christmas Trolly Train for many years. In his free time he enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and baseball.

He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy of Baraboo; children, Connie Lesnik of Wind Lake, Debbie (Rev. Roy) Tellier of Viroqua, Brenda Hantz of East Troy and Judy (Gary) Springer of Fort Wayne, Indiana; step-children, Lester (Kathy Dembny) Steinhorst, Kathy Behnke, Mike (Debbie) Steinhorst, Merry Steinhorst, Pat (Nancy) Steinhorst, Fred (Bobbi) Steinhorst, and Lisa (Phil) Smith; 64 grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as one great-great granddaughter, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Raynold Korman; wife, Charlotte; sister, Janet Grabczyk; half sister, Delores Douhy; step-daughter, Sherrie Ziemke; sons-in-law, Keith Hantz and Paul Lesnik; and brother-in-law, Sigmund Grabczyk.

Memorial Services will be held Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 at 10 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave. in Baraboo with Pastor Lisa Newberry officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home as well as from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Wednesday. Inurnment will take place at Oak Ridge Cemetery in East Troy, WI on Wednesday at 3 p.m.

William “Bill” Robert Jordan of Baraboo

William “Bill” Robert Jordan of Baraboo, formerly of Glendale, passed away peacefully on July 3, 2017 at St. Mary’s Hospital, at the age of 81. Bill was born Dec. 23, 1935 to loving parents, William and Margaret Jordan. He was raised in the Milwaukee area and graduated from high school in 1953. Bill enlisted in the United States Navy in his early years and served until he was honorably discharged.

During Bill’s life he worked in a few different fields. One job that he was particularly proud of, and often told stories about, was his days working as a television producer/director at a television station in LaCrosse, WI. While working at the television station, he was to meet his wife, Beverly Johnson. They married in December of 1968, and later welcomed two sons, Robert and Ryan. Bill and Beverly eventually moved to the Hartland area to raise their boys. They later divorced, but Bill continued to live in the Milwaukee area for much of his life.

Later in years, Bill met Sharon Schoen, with whom he created a life with in the Glendale area. Together, they enjoyed socializing with friends and neighbors, dancing and listening to musical performances, gardening, playing cards and board games during their nightly cocktail hour, and spending time with family. Bill and Sharon spent over 20 years together, until Bill moved to the Baraboo area around 2012 to be closer to his sons and grandchildren. Bill remained in the Baraboo area until the time of his death.

Bill was a self-taught artist from a very young age and loved sharing his talents with those around him. Bill sketched and drew on a daily basis for all of his life. His favorite medium was doing drawings with pastels, but he also enjoyed just “doodling” with a pencil or anything that would write. He created his own cartoons sketches, using his artistic skills and unique sense of humor that could make anyone chuckle. Bill had a very creative mind. He was very proud of being an artist and loved to talk about his art with others. Later in life, he enjoyed selling some of his art at art shows, as well as giving them as gifts to family and friends. He could turn anything into a doodle pad, leaving his mark along the way.

Bill loved spending time with his sons and grandchildren, and always looked forward to their visits. Whether it was going fishing with his sons or being pushed in his wheelchair by his little granddaughter, Bill was happy and content just being with his family. He was a lover of life, and a child at heart, enjoying the simple things in life: his family and friends, his art, eating a good burger or fish fry, fishing with his sons, cooking and baking, gardening, watching the Packers, raising tropical fish, listening to music, and telling jokes and stories. Bill loved to be around people, and people loved to be around Bill. He had a spirit that could light up a room, and a kindness that could warm your heart. He tried to find humor in everything, even up until the time of his passing. Bill, “Dad”, “Papa” will be dearly missed, but will live on in his art, his stories, and memories he created with all who were blessed to know and love him.

Bill is survived by his sons, Robert (Jaime) Jordan of Lyndon Station, Ryan Jordan of Adams Friendship; former daughter-in-law, Jenny Jordan; grandchildren, Riley and Remi Jordan of Lyndon Station and Emily and Christopher Jordan of Adams Friendship; sister, Mary Jo Eppsteadt of Georgia; special friend, Sharon Schoen of Oshkosh; nephew, Scott Chamberlain, and many cousins and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Margaret Jordan; his grandparents; former wife, Beverly Jordan; niece, Carrie Goodman and cousin, Sue McIntosh.

The family would like to say a special thank you to the staff at St. Clare Meadows Care Center, who took such good care of Dad in his last years of life. You helped to make things a little easier knowing Dad was well taken care of. He formed many heartfelt relationships with many of the staff.

A memorial visitation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017 from 2:00 P.M. until 4:00 P.M. at Redlin Funeral Home