Mary H. Schenkat, Baraboo

Mary H. Schenkat, age 92, of Baraboo and Jefferson, WI passed away peacefully on Monday, October 30, 2017 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center.

Mary was born January 27, 1925 on the family farm near Benton, WI to Henry and Gertrude (Legler) Hoppenjan.  She married Evan F. Schenkat May 15, 1951 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Benton.  She and Evan farmed in the North Freedom area for ten years after Evan’s discharge from the US Navy.  They later moved to Jefferson, WI in 1964.

Mary is survived by her five children; Evan (Donna) Schenkat, Jr. of Ballwin, MO; Bonnie (Cory) Carpenter of Bellville, WI; Ann (Don) Andringa of Portage, WI; Mark (Sarah) Schenkat of Baraboo, WI and Jean (Steve) Veum, Iron Mountain, MI; five grandsons, Matthew (Krista) and Mitchell Andringa, Daniel Schenkat, Caleb (Alodia) and Mason (Kelsey) Veum; three granddaughters, Melissa (Sergey) Tsvirko, Amanda (Schenkat) Adams, Elizabeth Schenkat; four great-grandchildren, Zoey and Zayda Andringa, Torstein Veum and Olivia Tsvirko; and many nieces and nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her husband, parents, brothers and sisters-in-law Bernard (Ramona) Hoppenjan, Francis (Jane) Hoppenjan, sisters Gertrude (Raymond) McCabe and Marguerite Hoppenjan, and a granddaughter-in-law, Jessie Andringa.

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, November 10, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home.  Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.  She will be laid to rest in private at the Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom following the service.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Mary in a special way may direct memorials to St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Jefferson, WI or St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Baraboo, WI or to St. Clare Meadows Care Center, Baraboo, WI.

The family wishes to extend our appreciation and admiration to all of the staff at St. Clare Meadows Care Center.  The loving, tender, wonderful and compassionate care from the nursing staff will forever hold a special place in the family’s heart.

Rosemary Zimmerman, Baraboo

Rosemary “Rosie” E. Zimmerman, age 67 of Baraboo died unexpectedly surrounded by her loving family on Friday, October 27, 2017. Rosie, daughter of Winfred and Helen (Joten) Larson was born April 4, 1950. She was raised on the family farm in Ettrick WI. After graduating High School she moved to Baraboo where she met Don and married him on July 1, 1972. As she was raising her children she also did at home daycare until her children went off to school. Rosie then went to work at Farm and Fleet for 19 years and after she retired her focus turned to spending time with her grandchildren and family. 

Survivors include her loving husband of 45 years, Don; children, Angela (Aaron) Hoskins, Kristy (Matt) Gilbert; 4 grandchildren, Kaylie, Arabelle, Madilyn, Evan; two brothers; as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.  She is preceded in death by her parents; and son Jon Zimmerman.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of mass. Burial will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

LaVerne R. Willey, Baraboo

LaVerne (Vern) Richard Willey of Baraboo, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017 at Oak Park Place at the age of 82. LaVerne, son of Richard and Elsie (Klaetsch) Willey was born Aug. 4 1935 in Baraboo. He graduated from Baraboo High School in 1954. On Oct. 5, 1957 he enlisted in the United State Marine Corps and proudly served until his honorable discharge July 17, 1963. He was united in marriage to Gloria R. Eldred on June 14, 1968 in Caledonia, Minnesota.

Vern drove truck most of his life, starting with his own milk truck, moving on to a dump truck for Overgaard and ending up as a freight truck driver for Gross Common Carrier. Vern grew up on a farm and never lost his love for the country. He raised Hereford cattle for many years and took pride in his tractors, eventually restoring the original Farmall H that his dad bought in 1944.

Vern loved to spend time outdoors, working in his yard and tending his large garden and flower beds.  When the weather kept him indoors, he could be found in his basement, working on another of his passions, his model railroad. He enjoyed listening to country music and watching sports. He was an avid Packers, Badgers, and Brewers fan.

He especially loved the holidays, adorning his yard with lights and getting almost as excited as the kids on Christmas Eve.  He cherished his family the most, and treasured every new grandchild that came along. He will be warmly remembered for his big smile and sense of humor. 

In the final years of his life, Parkinson’s disease took its toll on his body, and he had to move from his beloved home in the country to Oak Park Place in Baraboo where he could receive the care he needed. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the caregivers and volunteers at Oak Park and Agrace Hospice for their exceptional care and for all the special little things they did to make his life there more enjoyable.

Vern is survived by his wife, Gloria; daughters, Diana (Tom) Arrowsmith of Tomah, Doreen (Mark) Bidwell of New Market, AL, Gina (Mark) Anderson of Wisconsin Dells; son, Shawn (Lisa) Willey of Fond du Lac; step-son David (Walna) Lee of Casper, WY; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren, and many other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeffrey Willey, parents, and sister Janice.

Funeral services will be held on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017 at First Church of the Nazarene in Baraboo at 11a.m. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Burial will follow at Fairfield Cemetery where military rites will be conducted. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Karen Jean Safranek, Baraboo

Karen Jean Safranek, age 61, entered eternal life on Saturday, October 21, 2017 after a very valiant, long-fought battle with cancer.
Karen was born on February 25, 1956 in Rice Lake, Wisconsin to Loren and Evelyn (Flittie) Clumpner. She graduated as Valedictorian of her class from Barron High School in 1974 and continued her education at UW-LaCrosse where she graduated in 1978.
In 1997, fate aligned and Karen met the love of her life, Clem Safranek. The two married on October 12, 2002 and two families became one.
Her grandchildren meant the world to her. She’d give anything to see their faces light up and give them big hugs and kisses. She was a crafty lady who could do pretty much anything from sewing, quilting and knitting to creating the neatest holiday treats for school. If you stopped over around a holiday, you were guaranteed a tour around the house with all of the decorations on display.
Karen is survived by her loving husband, Clem; her daughter, Kelsey (Kevin) Blum; her son, Tron Griffith; her stepdaughters, Brittany (Scott) Sullivan and Brooke (Mike) Nelson; her stepsons, Josh (Melissa) Safranek and Dustin (Jade Wagner) Safranek; her grandchildren, McKenna Griffith, Emerson Blum, Oliver Sullivan, Rae Nelson, and Zosha and Lucy Safranek. She is further survived by her sister, Jane Clumpner, along with many other relatives and friends.
She was preceded in death by her grandparents, Tron and Louise Flittie and Eugene and Inga Clumpner; her parents, Loren & Evelyn Clumpner; her in-laws, Frances & Wallace Stewart; her brother-in-law, Martin Carr; many aunts and uncles, as well as her cousin, Kim Miske.

Visitation will take place at Redlin Funeral Home on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 11am-2pm with a service immediately following.

A special thanks for the wonderful care provided by Dr. Roberto Leon Ferre (Mayo Clinic), Dr. Alissa Weber (SSM Health) and Agrace HospiceCare. Without you, we wouldn’t have had this extended 3 years with the most wonderful woman we know.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to:

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge
411 2nd Street NW
Rochester, MN 55901-2814


Walter Leutenegger, Baraboo

Walter Leutenegger, age 76, of Baraboo passed away Friday Oct. 20, 2017, at Our House Assisted Living in Wisconsin Dells. Walter, son of Heinrich and Anna (Fluri) Leutenegger was born Oct. 18 1941 in Winterthur, Switzerland.

Walter’s family moved to Zurich when he was very young. He grew up and attended school there, from grade school, to conservatory, to university, culminating in his Ph.D. in anthropology at the University of Zurich. In 1972 he moved to Madison, Wisconsin to become a professor of anthropology at the University of Wisconsin, a position he held for 27 years until his retirement. In 1986 he was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to study primate fossils at the Ludwigs-Maximilians-University in Munich. He enjoyed teaching, and advised several Ph.D. students.

In his later years Walter moved to Devil’s Lake to live with his partner Carol Ann Randall. He became a member of the community in Baraboo, and was touched by the warm welcome he received. In his last year he became a regular attendee at St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Walter enjoyed playing and listening to music, especially jazz and Brazilian pop music. He also enjoyed watching all sports, including European soccer. He read voraciously, with especial interest in current affairs and analysis. He loved cats, dogs, and all other animals, and he enjoyed walking in nature, and in particular at Devil’s Lake.

He is survived by his son Maurice and his cat Sunshine. He was preceded in death by his partner Carol Ann Randall.

Memorial services will be held Thursday Oct. 26, 2017 at 9 a.m. in the Speakeasy at the Vintage Port in Baraboo, Wisconsin, with Pastor Nick Maglietto officiating.

The family would like to thank the staff and volunteers at Urgent Care St. Clare; Our House Assisted Living in Wisconsin Dells; Dr. Elizabeth M. Lownick; Dr. Danny Sessler; Corner Drug; Vintage Port; Baraboo Coffee Connection; and the Baraboo Police and Sauk County Sheriff’s Departments for the care and concern shown to Walter.

Memorial contributions can be sent to Baraboo Soccer Club (PO Box 603, Baraboo, WI 53913 c/o Linda Hess (608) 356-1010); and Baraboo School Elementary Music (423 Linn Street, Baraboo, WI 53913). The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Jennie Frank, Baraboo

Jennie Frank, age 90 of Baraboo passed away on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 at St. Clare Hospital surrounded by family after a brief battle with cancer. Jennie, daughter of Wesley and Goldie (Guist) Rice was born Oct. 12, 1927 in Ojibwa, WI. She worked as an assembler at Eagle Signal for 27 years and then as a home health aide for three years until her retirement. In her free time Jennie enjoyed dancing, baby sitting, country music, taking walks and taking drives or watching t.v. with her special friend, Betty Finn. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family. 

Survivors include her children, Sharon (Gary) Schubring of Baraboo, Roger Frank of Baraboo, Kay (Robert) Griffin of Baraboo and Mike Frank of Baraboo; seven grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; brother, Mike Rice of Florida; sister, Julia Leistikow of Franklin as well as many nieces, nephews and friends. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; daughter, Judith Belter; brothers, Raymond Rice and Don Rice and sisters, Merladene Artz, Bonnie Kosharek and Josie Randall. 

Memorial Services will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 11 a.m. at New Life Community Advent Christian Church with Pastor Jesse Stevens officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service.  Inurnment will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery.  

The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Carlson, the staff at St. Clare Hospital and Pastor Jesse Stevens for the care and concern shown to Jennie.

Jerry Bullard, Reedsburg

 Jerry Dale Bullard, 73, of Reedsburg, WI, passed away on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo, WI.

Jerry was born September 2, 1944 in Booneville, Mississippi, the son of Nelson O. and Ailene Whitfield Bullard.  Jerry married Patricia A. Ruda on July 9, 1977, in Pasadena, California, and they were blessed to enjoy forty fulfilling and joyful years together.  

Jerry grew up in Pisgah and Rienzi, Mississippi and graduated from Rienzi High School.  He began his college education at Northeast Mississippi Junior College and transferred to Mississippi State University in Starkville where he earned his B. S. degree in 1966.  Following graduation he enlisted in the US Air Force and entered Officer’s Training School. He served until 1974, and his duties provided an opportunity to travel widely.  

In 1974 he began his career as an Aerospace Engineer with TRW in Redondo Beach, a career that provided stimulating and challenging opportunities as he worked on several different company programs. During the early years, when the space program was still in its infancy, working on the design of a satellite through seeing it successfully launched at Cape Canaveral, FL was extremely exciting and rewarding. He retired from TRW in 2000 and valued the special friendships formed with his colleagues there. 

Jerry enjoyed life with enthusiasm. He was curious about many things and pursued with full-on dedicated effort whatever undertakings he decided to take up, and they were many and varied. He became interested in photography, built his own darkroom, and free-lanced for a short time as a wedding photographer’s assistant. Jerry became interested in sailing, joined the TRW Sailing Club, and co-owned a sailboat upon which were enjoyed many sails around Redondo Beach, CA and to Catalina Island. He enjoyed cooking, immersed himself in culinary techniques and cuisines, and took pleasure in creating elaborate meals for friends and family. He taught himself to crochet and made blankets and Christmas tree decorations which were given to relatives and friends. Jerry was interested in air craft of all kinds. He built several radio-controlled model planes and joined a model glider flying club in Redondo Beach for weekly flying sessions. His interest in personal finance led him to become a certified tax preparer.  He worked briefly with H & R Block during the tax seasons and later became an advisor in Turbo Tax’s on-line help forum.  In 2006 Jerry and Pat moved from Redondo Beach, CA to the Baraboo, WI area and purchased a home in the country where Jerry enjoyed watching the birds and wildlife and where he took up gardening with typical intensity, including battles with that same wildlife that enjoyed eating his crops.  He spent many hours in later years watching You Tube videos on cooking, gardening, and keyboard techniques and theory.  He joined Facebook and took pleasure in sharing news and experiences with friends.  Jerry enjoyed a life-long passion for organ music and learned to play as an adult.  His dream, which he achieved, was to play a pipe organ, and he loved playing the pipe organ at church.  For several years he also enjoyed playing the organ weekly at St. Clare Meadows in Baraboo during one of the lunch hours and for the weekly ecumenical service.

Jerry was a member of the Baraboo Fortnightly Literary Club and an active member of Baraboo First United Methodist Church where, in addition to playing the organ occasionally, he participated on various committees, played in the hand bell choir, and especially enjoyed the discussions in the adult Sunday School class.

Jerry will be remembered for his wry sense of humor, easy laughter, gentle and kind nature, love for his family and friends, his contentment with the simple pleasures of life, and his matter-of-fact way of meeting and accepting life’s joys and challenges. Former coworkers, friends and family will forever associate Jerry with his frequent use of the word, “Sigh,” which he found particularly apt for many circumstances.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Nelson and Ailene, and by his sister, Billie Sue Bullard.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, his sister Jackie (Jim) Johnson of Booneville Mississippi, his nephew Charles (Brittany) Lambert and great-niece Ava Margaret Lambert of Houston, Mississippi, and by several extended family members, nephews and nieces by marriage. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, at the First United Methodist Church of Baraboo, 615 S. Broadway St., with Pastor Marianne Cotter officiating. Interment will follow in Walnut Hill Cemetery where military rites will be conducted. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Monday, October 16, at Baraboo First United Methodist Church, and from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at church on Tuesday.

Those who wish to remember Jerry may consider memorials to Baraboo First United Methodist Church which will be designated for use toward maintaining the church organ.

Jerry’s family wishes to express gratitude to his physician, Dr. Christopher Wenninger for his concern and care. We thank Pastor Marianne Cotter for her supporting presence, and we are most grateful to special friends Peter and Mary Ellen Murray for their immeasurable help and caring. The family thanks the staff of St. Clare Meadows for the care and concern provided to Jerry. Redlin Funeral Home of Baraboo, WI is assisting the family with arrangements.


Jerome A. “Jerry” Verthein, Baraboo

Jerome A. “Jerry” Verthein, age 81 of Baraboo, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center. Jerome, son of Arthur and Gertrude (Bainbridge) Verthein was born Jan. 10, 1936 in Rock Springs. He was a graduate of Reedsburg High School, Class of 1953. On Sept. 17, 1960 he was united in marriage to Geraldine “Gerry” Egerer. After high school Jerry worked at Farmers Co-op in Rock Springs as a bookkeeper and eventually as manager. In June of 1960 he left the co-op and he and Gerry started J.A. Verthein Construction Company, Inc. which they operated together for over 50 years. With the help of this wife, he did the designing, building and managing of all aspects of his projects from start to finish of all jobs from custom homes to commercial buildings. Jerry was the first president of the Mid-Wisconsin Home Builders Association. In his free time he enjoyed hunting and fishing. Jerry had his pilot’s license and operated his own single engine plane for many years. His family will fondly remember him for being a dedicated hard worker as well as a jokester.

He is survived by his wife, Gerry of Baraboo; sister, Gloria Wharton of DeForest; brother, Chester of Mexico; cousin, Kathryn (Phillip) Hahn of Madison; sisters-in-law, Barb (John) Earl of Baraboo and Joan (Bob) Kuball of Baraboo as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Gertrude Verthein; father, Arthur Verthein; step-mother, Carrie Verthein; special uncle, Ervin Verthein; in-laws, William and Rufena Egerer.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Nick Maglietto officiating. Visitation will be held on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home as well as on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jerry’s name.

Eilene “Arlene” A. Boyd, Baraboo

Eilene “Arlene” A. Boyd, age 86 of Baraboo passed away Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 at Our House Assisted Living. Arlene, daughter of Bert and Elizabeth (Falk) Collins was born Feb. 17, 1931.  She was united in marriage to Earl “Polly” Boyd on Oct. 25, 1948 in Baraboo; he preceded her in death on Jan. 27, 1995. Together with her husband, Arlene operated the Transport Gas Station for 14 years and then went on to work for the meat market for many years.

Survivors include two sons, Peter (Nobuko) Boyd of Collinsville, IL, Michael Boyd of Denzer; two daughters, Jan McClure of Baraboo and Kris (Greg) Hammermeister of Baraboo; daughter-in-law, Mary Boyd of Baraboo; 9 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; brothers, Orville, Pat, Dean and Gary Collins; as well as other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband; son, James Boyd; and 5 brothers.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery.

David Bruce Ament, Baraboo

David Bruce Ament was the personification of integrity.   He was born in Merrill, WI on October 24, 1944, where reportedly he had a perfect Tom Sawyer style life on the Wisconsin River.  His family moved to Madison when he began 7th grade.  Perfect he felt.  He left us on October 10, 2017.   He will be remembered for his dedication to his family, to education, the Packers, golf and for his wonderful sense of humor.

A lifetime Wisconsinite, David graduated from Monona Grove HS, where some teachers didn’t expect him to amount to much.   Decades later he returned to teach them a thing or two.  He had become a significant educator, receiving his Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from UW-Whitewater and a Specialist Degree from UW-Milwaukee.  He received the John Melcher Award in 1997 in recognition of an outstanding contribution to Special Education.

He began his career as a high school social studies teacher in Sheboygan Falls, where he became interested in students with struggles.  Next he taught Emotionally Disturbed children in West Bend; later becoming Director of Special Education for CESA 5, and finally Assistant District Administrator of Baraboo Schools.  He guided a few small districts in Special Education after his retirement in 2000.  He served on the board for CASS (Counsel of Administrators of Special Education).

Meeting his wife, Deri, of 50 years on a blind date, he made all her dreams come true.  Together they worked their ways through undergrad and postgraduate degrees.  Before the birth of their excellent children, they spent two summers traveling and camping in the western US and Canada.  Parenthood was his crowning achievement.  His three grandchildren provided remarkable joy.

He loved history and was an avid reader.  He loved football, and had coached a winning team at the junior high level where all team members played.  He was not only a diehard Packer fan, but an owner!  David loved golf, serving on the Baraboo Country Club board for many years.  He enjoyed many years of deer hunting and fishing in WI and Canada.  He loved to gamble, and had many a trip to Las Vegas with pals.

Disabled by polio at 10 months of age, he was an inspiration of courage, persistence and determination.  He is sorely missed.

He is survived by his wife Deri; his daughter Darci (Andrew) Tronick of Seaside, CA; his son Douglas (Stephanie) Ament of Washburn, WI; his beloved grandchildren Daniel “Fletcher,” Grace and Hunter Ament; and many friends of many years.

He was preceded in death by his parents: Daniel and Dorothy Ament and his sister Christine.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Special Olympics, Planned Parenthood, or Hospice House in Baraboo would be appreciated.

A celebration of life will be enjoyed at Baraboo Country Club, Sunday November 19, 2017 from 2 to 5 p.m.