Thurman Fox, Madison

Thurman Fox, age 95 of Madison died Thursday, December 21, 2017. Thurman, son of Orville and Francis (Smith) Fox was born Aug. 7, 1922. He attended UW-Oshkosh for undergrad schooling, during this time he enlisted in the US Air Force. When the war was over he returned to Oshkosh and met the love of his life, Betty Patch. Thurman obtained his master’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On June 17, 1950 he and Betty were married. Throughout his working career he taught at West Junior High in Madison and was the Director of the Museum of the State Historical Society until his retirement in 1984. Thurman was a lifelong member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Madison as well as a longtime member of Kiwanis and Rotary. Later in life he enjoyed bowling and spending time at their cottage. Thurman, along with his loving wife made the most of their retirement by traveling extensively and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his loving wife of 67 years, Betty; daughter, Beth (Jim) Fox-Warnecke; grandchildren, Audrey and Andy; great-grandchildren as well as other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and son, James Thurman.

Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 at 11 a.m. at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 4100 Nakoma Rd., Madison with Pastor Scott Anderson officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. The Redlin Funeral Home of Baraboo is assisting the family.

Lester Beardsley, Fairfield

Lester Beardsley, age 82, of Fairfield passed away Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 at home with family by his side after a battle with kidney cancer.  A Celebration of Life service will take place at a later date. A full obituary will appear at a later date. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Derry “Beck” Amundson, Ithaca

Derry “Beck” Amundson passed away peacefully Dec. 13, 2017 after a short battle with a rare form of cancer (duodenal adenocarcinoma) at University of Wisconsin Hospital. He was born Jan. 25, 1949 in Pierre, South Dakota. He was full of spontaneity and adventure his entire life. Beck loved golf, and he will be missed out on the greens. Wherever he went he would always seek out a course and fit in 18 holes! He also loved to fish, hunt and drink beers with his son and many of his …buddies. He adored the Green Bay Packers, but would literally watch ANY sport on TV, even golf! Beck would never sit for long, he was great at home projects, gardening and was always willing to help friends (and his son) with their projects. Recently retired, he had decided to join the American Red Cross, and went on his first mission helping flood victims prior to becoming ill. He will be missed by many.

Survivors include his wife, Jennifer; his former wife, Andi Anderson; children, Melissa Amundson, Ryan (Leilani) Amundson; grandchildren, Rowan and Asher as well as other relatives and many friends.

Memorial Service will be held on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Blake Overlien officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Red Cross.

Muriel M. Snyder, Baraboo

Muriel M. Snyder, age 92 of Baraboo passed away Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 at Maplewood of Sauk Prairie. She was born April 3, 1925 in Whitewater. She was united in marriage to Clyman “Dutch” Snyder. Muriel was employed by Industrial Coils for over 20 years before her retirement. Her hobbies included crocheting, doing puzzles, playing Uno and going to garage sales with her best friend, Mable.

Survivors include her daughter, Kathy (Melvin) Fortune of Baraboo; daughter-in-law, Penny (Bob Johnson) Snyder; granddaughter-in-law, Stephanie Diehl and her children Nickolas and Ava as well as other relatives and friends she is also survived by dear friend, Deanna Wise whom was like a daughter to Muriel.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Clyman “Dutch”; son, Robert “Bob” Snyder; grandson, Chad Fortune; sisters, Eleanor Garbelman, Beatrice Sornson, Margaret Stelter and her brother, Hubert Welch.

Funeral Services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with Pastor Tom Dunbar officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. Private burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Our House in Baraboo, Pine Villa Memory Care in Sauk as well as friend, Shelly and nurse, Olah at Maplewood and RN, Kevin with Agrace Hospice for the loving care and support shown to Muriel and her family during the last few years.


Lucille E. (Giese, Kleist) Noennig, Baraboo

Lucille E. (Giese, Kleist) Noennig, age 76 of Baraboo passed away Monday, December 11, 2017 at University of Wisconsin Hospital surrounded by her family. Lucille, daughter of Walter and Freda (Kelbel) Giese was born December 26, 1940. She was very active person and in her free time Lucille enjoyed working outside in the garden. She had a huge heart, was a great caretaker and for a little person she had a big personality. She very much loved her dog Buddy and spoiled him rotten.  

Survivors include her children, Christine Lewis, Tom Kleist, stepdaughter; Denise Rego; 8 grandchildren; Zachary Lewis, Sarah Lewis, Heather (Nathan) Rod, Tommy Kleist, Jasmine Kleist, Solomon Rego, Aaddeission Rego, Autumn Rego; one great-grandchild Kolton Kazas as well as other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and husband.  

Funeral Services will be held on Friday, December 15, 2017 at 11 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home with David Hutchens officiating. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the time of service.

Betty Roznos, Baraboo

Betty Roznos, age 84 of Baraboo passed away peacefully Monday, Dec. 11, 2017 at St. Clare Hospice House. Betty, daughter of Howard and Lucille (Dahlke) Ahrensmeyer was born April 17, 1933 in Baraboo. On Nov. 19, 1953 she was united in marriage to Roger L. Roznos.

Per her wishes no services will be held.

Blake Fowler, Baraboo

Blake Fowler, age 63 of Baraboo passed away on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. Blake, son of Raymond and Geraldine Fowler was born Aug. 15, 1954. He was united in marriage to Julie Zeman. Blake owned and operated BEF Enterprises. His greatest joy in life were his two grandchildren, Jazlyn and Jordan.

Survivors include his wife, Julie; sons, Aaron and Dan Burton; and grandchildren, Jazlyn and Jordan. He is further survived by his sisters, Carolyn (Ray) Nilles, Gayle (Tom) Koch; nieces and nephews, Charles (Rhonda), Gina, Timothy, and Nicole as well as many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service to celebrate Blake will be held in the summer. Memorials may be made to the family.

Martin H. Zellmer of Baraboo

Martin Henry Zellmer, age 90 of Baraboo passed away peacefully at St. Clare Hospital on December 10, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born October 2, 1927 in Reedsburg to Julius and Della (Voights) Zellmer. On July 30, 1949 he was married to Colleen M. (Purdy). Martin worked as a construction worker for over 40 years and was currently retired member with the International Labors Union of North America and Local 464 in Wisconsin. After retirement he worked for Baraboo Police Department as a crossing guard for many years and sold sweet corn from his truck on the corner of Connie Road and Lynn Street in West Baraboo.  Martin’s greatest joy in life was his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family. Survivors include his wife Colleen, four children Mary (Steven) Conn of Baraboo, Garry of Baraboo, Dennis and Dale Zellmer of Baraboo. He was preceded in death by his parents; his son Leroy and daughter Marion Kay.

Per Martin’s request no Funeral  Service will be held. Visitation will be on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 11 a.m. until 12:30  p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home. A private family burial will follow at the Pleasant Valley Cemetery.

Lora Lynn Bram, Baraboo

Lora Lynn Bram, age 58 of Baraboo passed away Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 at UW Hospital. Lora, daughter of LeRoy and Margaret (Rose) Kraak was born Aug. 18, 1959 in Madison. She graduated from Monona Grove High School, Class of 1977. On June 20, 1987 she was united in marriage to David J. Bram at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Monona. Lora attended Madison Business College and received her Paralegal Degree. She proceeded to work for Lawton and Cates in Madison; she then attended University of Wisconsin and on Dec. 22, 1991 obtained a degree in Journalism. Lora furthered her studies by attending the University of Phoenix and received a MBA. Throughout her working career, Lora worked for various departments within the University of Wisconsin including Dept. of Medicine, Oncology, and Surgery for over 35 years. In her free time Lora loved traveling, antique hunting, hiking, camping and having bonfires. She had a love for reading but nothing could compare to her love of family; especially her nieces and nephews.

Survivors include her loving husband of 30 years, David; parents, LeRoy and Margaret Kraak; siblings, Christina Zabel, James Kraak, Kathy (Rick) Vander Sanden; mother-in-law, Sally Thompson; brother and sisters-in-law, Kathy Kristy, Scott, Will (Ali); nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends as well as her special four legged companion, Coco.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Kevin Kraak; and father-in-law, Elmer Bram.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Memorials may be made to the Sauk County Humane Society or Catholic Charities. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.