Neil Jensen, Merrimac

Neil Jensen, age 85, of Merrimac passed away on February 16, 2018. Neil was born in Dell Prairie, Adams County on February 29, 1932 the son of Clarence and Thalia Jensen.  He was proud of the fact that he was a Leap Year Baby.   He was a 1950 graduate of Baraboo High School.  On November 22, 1952 he married Joanne Parks.

Neil was a farmer and carpenter.  Neil and Joanne lived and farmed in Caledonia Township on the Heritage Hills Farm for 60 years and he was still helping rake hay at the age of 85. He was proud of the fact that he kept his thistles cut and his fences mended. He worked many other jobs in his life, including working 7 years for the Columbia County Highway Dept. Neil represented Caledonia on the Merrimac Fire Commission for 50 years starting in 1964 when the district formed.  He was its first treasurer and did that for 33 years.  He loved to play euchre and was a great joke and storyteller.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years Joanne of Portage; children, Steve (Sharon) of Circle Pines MN, Debra of Sheboygan, Chris (Sue) of Merrimac. Grandchildren, Ryan (Holly) of Merrimac and Rachel (John) Severson of Portage.  Siblings, Hazel Mulryan of Portage, Dorothy (Don) Ziemke of Baraboo, Gordon (June) of Baraboo, Marian Gasner of Baraboo, Linda (Mike) Kuwitzky of Muskego, Sue (Louis) Comte of Sanford ME, John (Alice) of Baraboo and many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by infant brother Richard and brother-in-law John Mulryan.

There will be no services per Neil’s wishes.  The family suggests that memorials be made to the Merrimac Volunteer Fire Department or your own local volunteer fire department.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Heritage House of Portage for their care these last 5 months and the staff at the Home Health Hospice House in Baraboo.


Earl Kimball Wichern, Baraboo

Earl Kimball Wichern passed away Feb. 14, 2018 at the age of 96. He was born in Baraboo on Sept. 20, 1921 to Carl and Nettie Wichern who farmed near Baraboo.

Earl was a 1939 graduate of Baraboo High School. One of his first challenges and successes upon graduating was to ride his bicycle to New York City for the 1939 World’s Fair with two classmates. He later published a book telling of their adventures called “Life in the Slow Track”.

In 1948 he married Myrtle Mae Tucker and continued farming with his parents until their respective deaths in 1963 and 1979. Earl and Myrtle continued to keep the farm operation until 1991. He had one sister, Ethel Mae Wichern who died in 1964.

Earl and Myrtle were blessed with twin daughters, Linda Kay and Sandra Lee with only Sandra surviving. 

He and Myrtle celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 1998 and Myrtle passed in March of that year.

Besides the farm management, Earl would frequently comment how he was continuing his education by engaging in many other phases of business such as real estate, hardware and sporting goods, co-owing Birch Haven Ski Hill, employment with the US Dept. of Agriculture and sales and management with a Minnesota silo company. He retired in 1990 as president of a silo company in Boscobel, WI.

Earl was a past member of the Baraboo Lions Club and a bass singer in several different Barbershop Quartets. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in past years and also the Baraboo Masonic Lodge. Following his retirement he volunteered for many years at the hospital and various nursing homes.

Earl met Doris Pollard while volunteering together at St. Clare Meadows and they married in Sept. of 1999. Earl joined St. Joseph Catholic Church at that time. Earl and Sandi gained a new family with that marriage. Earl and Doris celebrated their 18th Anniversary just one day before Doris passed away on Spt. 21, 2017.

Earl leaves behind his daughter Sandi Wichern and other relatives and friends as well as Doris’s children Jim (Judy) Pollard, Mary (Tom) Perz and Tom (Lila) Pollard and their children and grandchildren and great-grandchildren and will be sadly missed by all.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Meadow Ridge Assisted Living, St. Clare Hospital and Dr. Stuart Hannah.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to St. Joseph Catholic Church, Baraboo or the First United Methodist Church of Baraboo.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until the time of mass at the church. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.




Richard (Dick) Klemm, North Freedom

Richard (Dick) Klemm, North Freedom

A great man and loving father, courageous and strong, not only in life but also in the journey of leaving this world, is now at rest.

Richard (Dick) Klemm, age 72 of North Freedom, Wisconsin left this world at peace, in his home on February 13, 2018 alongside his children, who held his hands as he went to be with his Heavenly Father. Born on May 4th, 1945 in Baraboo to Virgil and Virginia Klemm, Dick was the oldest of his siblings: Barbara (deceased), Tony, Charlotte, Virgil Jr, and Tim. 

Dick enjoyed growing up on a small farm on Happy Hill and graduated from Baraboo High School in 1963. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1964 – 1968 and was stationed aboard the USS Constellation, acquiring many skills. Afterward, he returned to Happy Hill and raised a loving family. He worked as a lineman at the Badger Army Ammunition Plant for 20 years and went on to an electrical maintenance position at Agracetus in Middleton, Wisconsin, retiring in 2010. He was a member of the Baraboo VFW and North Freedom American Legion.

Dick was hard-working and generous, with a creative mind, and a knack for jokes and story-telling. He had a deep sense of humor, was artistic, wise, compassionate, grateful, and humble. His kids’ and grandkids’ happiness superseded his own, always. His family loved making many memories with him during fishing trips to Canada and much time with him simply spent together at his home “on the hill”.

Dick was preceded in death by his (infant) sister Barbara, as well as his parents (Virgil & Virginia). He is survived by his five children: Morgan (Deanna) Klemm of Rock Springs, Becky (Paul) Ivey of Eau Claire, Mindy (Matt) Roth of Mazomanie, Matt (Sheryll Faivre) Klemm of Rock Springs and Justin (Cassie) Klemm of Menomonie, eight grandchildren, four siblings, and many nieces, nephews, and extended family.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo with Pastor Nick Maglietto officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home as well as from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Saturday. Burial with military rites will be held at Rock Hill Cemetery following the church service. Donations may be made to St. John’s Lutheran School in Baraboo or North Freedom American Legion.

The family would like to thank SSM Health, Dr. Mullvain, Dr. Liengswangwong and their teams.  And a very special thank you to Dick’s brother, Virgil, Jr (Beaner), who lived with and helped Dick and his family during his last weeks. 

Dora V. Darling, North Freedom

Dora Violet Darling, age 82, passed away on February 10, 2018 at the Sauk County Health Care Center.  Dora was born the daughter of Will and Mary (Hair) Schulenburg on May 8, 1935 in Britton, South Dakota.  She was united in marriage to Walter Emery Darling, Sr. on December 17, 1953 in Hecla, South Dakota.

Dora worked for the Sauk County Commission on Aging, today known as the Aging and Disability Resource Center, as a Benefit Specialist for many years.  She had been a long time member of the North Freedom Methodist Church; she loved to sing as a soloist as well as in the choir for the church.  Dora enjoyed ceramic painting as a hobby; which she would usually give away as gifts.  She also very much enjoyed to read, and traveling with her husband, Walter.  Dora especially loved her family, most of all her children and grandchildren.

Dora is survived by her children, William (Jill Mohn) Darling and Wayne (Valerie) Darling; grandchildren, Jason (Jenny), Jenny, Matthew (Cassandra), Lucas, Wesley Jr., Bailey and Jessica; as well as great-grandchildren, Aiden, Adam, Jake, Samantha and Talia.  She is further survived by daughters-in-law, Billie Jean and Sung Darling; brother, Tom (Debbie) Smothers; and dear friends, Buck and Deb Harvey, Kay Cowing and Kitten and Judy Bloss; and many other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents Will and Mary Schulenburg; husband, Walter; and sons Lawrence, Dale, Walter Jr. and Wesley Sr.

Funeral Services will be held on Monday, February 19, 2018 at 11 a.m. at North Freedom Methodist Church with Pastor Carol Quinn officiating.  Visitation will be held on Monday, from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the church.  Burial will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice in Dora’s name.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the Sauk County Health Care Center for their loving and compassionate care.

The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Daniel James Voll, Fernandina Beach, Florida

Daniel James Voll, age 60 died Jan. 22, 2018 in Fernandina Beach, Florida. On Jan. 4th he suffered an unexpected and horrific brain stem stroke. He was to have left the next day for a Costa Rica vacation. He was treated at Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida and placed on life support and later was transferred to hospice care in Fernandina Beach so he could be near his loving care takers and friends until he passed away.

Daniel was born June 21, 1957 in Baraboo, the second son of Carl and Shirley (Churchill) Voll. He was baptized and confirmed in the First Methodist Church in Baraboo. He was a graduate of the Baraboo schools, attended Boo-U for a time. Dan started guitar lessons at age 9, thereafter it became his passion. He had several gigs in and around Baraboo and Sauk County with some of his high school classmates. He founded the Abracadabra Band, they also had gigs in Sauk and Dane County. In 1980 he relocated to Rockford, Illinois, where he played in the Betsy Kaske bands, Combo Loco and the Little Kings. He formed his own band, Voltaire and The Mole Men. Voltaire was a takeoff on his own name and The Mole Men came about because of rehearsing in basements. He wrote a lot of his own music based around his guitar playing. He studied with Ted Greene. He taught guitar at Rockford College and also starred in musical theatricals; The Patsy Cline Story and The Grapes of Wrath. In the later he taught himself to play a saw which added a new sound to the music. He was awarded many Rockford area music awards for other avenues such as Critics Choice Best Album Award. He met a fellow musician named Filomeno Ballumbrosco Guadalupe, who told Dan ‘I’m here with my cajon’. Through a mixture of rhythms and traditions a ‘Combo Loco’ son was born. A gig was set up for Dan and Filomeno to play in a downtown theatre in Lima, Peru, where Dan played several singles, several with Filomeno and several with other musicians.

After returning to the Rockford area other gigs were waiting in that area and the Chicago area. On June 2, 1990 Dan and Betsy Kaske were married in the Oregon Stoughton area at a dear friends home, Robin and Bob Postel hosting the festivities. Sadly in May of 2017 Robin Postel passed away. Several years later Dan and Betsy amicably divorced. Dan relocated to the Fernandina Beach, Amelia Island area where he found his true niche. He fell in love with that area and with the people he met there and they with him. He was a sought after guitarist and played with many great bands. He was active in social events, taught young children and older adults the guitar, always with kindness and patience. He was a great musician and even greater human being wrote an admirer. He was beloved by all for his kindness and ability to make others feel special wrote another. He was so highly thought of that a flag was flown at half-mast over Fernandina Beach on Jan. 22nd. Dan’s creed was, ‘I wanted to be an ‘important’ guitar player, now I just want to make someone smile’.

A Celebration of life with be held at Fernandina Beach on March 4, 2018 and a permanent memorial is being planned there.

Daniel is survived by his mother, Shirley; sister, Lisa Johnson; brother, Jeffrey (Cheryl) Voll all of Baraboo; two nieces, Ashley (Derrick Powers) Voll of Reedsburg and Arielle (Jim) Ortega of Neenah and his former wife, Betsy Kaske of Rockford and by many cousins, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Carl on May 11, 2016.

He is also survived by many Fernandina Beach friends; special friends from that area are Donna Carine, Flip (Susan) Gallion, Pajamadave (Zan) Voorhees, Michele Anders and her husband, and many others, too numerous to write of. Dan never forgot his Baraboo roots and would come home twice a year and visit Devil’s Lake and Ski-Hi Fruit Farm where he picked apples one high school summer. Daniel was such a special person and died much too young. We, his family, here in Baraboo are devastated and heartbroken. A family service will be held at a later date. Cremation has taken place, inurnment will be in Walnut Hill Cemetery. The Oxley-Heard Funeral Home of Fernandina Beach, Florida and The Redlin Funeral Home of Baraboo are assisting the family.


Thelma Capps, Baraboo

Thelma Capps was born Sept. 1, 1922 to Leonard and Opal Rockhill. She had 12 brothers and sisters; one of which being her twin, Velma Tobias. Thelma felt it a privilege to serve in the WAC’s during WWII. She was married to Henry Capps and they were blessed with two children, Marvin Capps and Sherry (Capps) Brinkman. Thelma enjoyed many years as a school teacher. She was treasurer of the local WCTU (Women’s Christian Temperance Union). She was an active member and did a lot with coloring contests in the schools. Thelma was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Henry Capps; second husband, George Fugate; both of her children; six brothers and five sisters.

She is survived by her sister, Wanda Terry of Reedsburg; daughter-in-law, Julia Capps of Baraboo; six grandsons; 11 great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews and friends.

Thelma lived at Oak Park Place in Baraboo and considered everyone there her extended family. Thelma attended New Life Community Advent Christian Church as long as health permitted. Her never failing faith was an inspiration to all who knew her.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018 at 11 a.m. at New Life Community Advent Christian Church with Pastor Jed Crouse officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park in Monona at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Oak Park Place in Baraboo or Agrace Hospice would be appreciated. Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Nancie M. Vold, Baraboo

Nancie M. Vold, age 81 of Baraboo passed away peacefully Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at St. Clare Hospice House with family by her side. Nancie, daughter of Harold and Evelyn (Miller) Jones was born Jan. 19, 1937 in Baraboo. She was a graduate of Baraboo High School. On July 16, 1955 she was united in marriage to Marvin L. Vold at the Presbyterian Church in Baraboo. Nancie was employed by Isenberg’s True Value for over 20 years. In her free time she enjoyed painting, gardening and spending time with her grandchildren.

Survivors include her loving husband of over 62 years, Marvin; children, Jonnene (Jerry) Cote, David (Christine) Vold, Tamara Bristol, Mikeal (Sharon) Vold, Lynda (David) Brill; nine grandchildren, Kadi Bristol, Jared (Oana) Cote, Russell Bristol, Justine (Matt Weiland) Cote, Michelle (Drew) Brinker, Jamie (Kaleb) Becraft, Josh (Kelsy) Brill, Mackenzie Brill and Samantha Vold; 7 great-grandchildren, Bailey, Austin, Haley, Noah, Brinley, Drayton and Benjamin. She is further survived by special friends, Jim (Renee) Teasdale.

Nancie was preceded in death by her parents; brother, Duane “Buck” Jones and her sister, Jeanene Zimmerman.

Visitation will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Redlin Funeral Home.

Sally Hoffman, Baraboo

Sally Hoffman, age 75 of Baraboo passed away Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 at St. Clare Meadows with family by her side. Sally, daughter of John and Myrtle (Nelson) Bartosch was born Jan. 21, 1943 in Watertown. She was a graduate of Waterloo High School, Class of 1962. Sally was employed by GT & E in Madison. On July 11, 1970 she was united in marriage to Robert J. Hoffman, Jr.; he preceded her in death on July 2, 2003. She was a longtime member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Sally volunteered for Circus World Museum for many years.

Survivors include her son, Robert J. Hoffman III; aunt, uncle, cousins and other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her grandparents; parents and husband.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at 12, noon a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of mass at the church. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Gary Spencer, Baraboo

Gary A Spencer, 67, of Baraboo, lost his battle with cancer on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at Angels Grace Hospice in Oconomowoc, surrounded by his children.

Son of Mike and Dolly (Elsing) Spencer, he was born Nov. 8, 1950, at St. Mary’s Ringling Hospital in Baraboo. He graduated from Baraboo High School in 1968, lettering in football, wrestling, and track. He also had a 10-year amateur boxing career, which included a Golden Glove Championship. Following in the footsteps of both of his parents being Sauk County sheriffs, he worked as a Lake Delton police officer until he became a master plumber in 1976. He worked as a plumber for more than 35 years.

Gary was a member of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church and involved with St. Vincent De Paul. He was involved in the Baraboo Wrestling Program for more than 20 years, serving for 10 years as the head of the elementary Baraboo Wrestling Club, as well as spending several years as the head coach of the high school wrestling team. He was inducted into the Baraboo Wrestling Club Hall of Fame in 1996. With the United States Wrestling Team, he traveled to Japan, Hungary and Spain as a Freestyle and Greco Roman assistant coach. Through his coaching, he offered opportunity and inspiration that influenced kids into their adulthood.

Gary will be remembered for his love of his children and grandchildren. He cherished the time spent with his eight children, his 14 grandchildren and attending all of their sporting events. He also had a passion for golf and spending time with his friends. His children will never forget his smile, his warmth, or his integrity. He worked harder than anyone they knew, never complained, and always treated everyone with respect. They hope to honor his memory by living their lives with all that he taught them, most of them without even saying a word.

He is survived by his daughters, Tracy (Rick) Papandrea, Tricia Spencer; sons, Travis Spencer, Troy (Kate) Spencer, Trent Spencer, Trayton (Nikki) Spencer, Traenor (Stephanie) Spencer; 14 devoted grandchildren; siblings, Robert, Terry, Diane, and Steve Spencer; former spouse Joan Prantner Spencer.

He was preceded in death by his son Trevor; his brother Jim.

The memorial service will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Feb. 10, 2018, at Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave., Baraboo.

In lieu of flowers, the family would have donations sent to the Baraboo Wrestling Club.