Redlin Funeral Home

George A.L. Roche , Age 90


--February 25, 2020

George Roche, age 90, of Madison passed away peacefully with family at his side on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. George was born in Baraboo, Wisconsin, the son of Louis and Irene Roche.

George spent his life as part owner of the Panoramic Resort, along with his sister Helen, brother Nick & wife Anne. The Resort was located at the North Entrance of Devil's Lake State Park. This partnership lasted until September of 1988, when the Resort was sold to the State Park. The Resort was a place where a lifetime of memories would begin. These memories were then shared with future generations in which new traditions began. Many of the people then became family to the Roche's. If you had an ear, George had a story. He could spend hours talking about the history of the Panoramic and the people who stayed there. He also loved talking about Baraboo and his history growing up. This included having a special drivers license at approximately 12 years old. He was tasked with picking up guests from Devil's Lake, when the train would drop off vacationers, and delivering them to the Resort.

George served in the Military, the Marines, from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War. He fulfilled his service at Parris Island & Camp Lejeune. George married his wife Anne in October of 1956 and was married for 64 years. He was looking forward to his 70th Class Reunion from Baraboo High School, but illness prevented him from doing so. George loved the activities the area had to offer which included, swimming/snorkeling, fishing and long walks in the woods.

George is survived by his wife, Anne, daughters Irene (Abbey) Elsayed & Mary. He was preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Irene; sister, Helen & brother, Nick.

George was a gentle and loving man, who will be dearly missed by all.

Funeral Services will take place on Tuesday March 3, 2020 at 11:30 a.m. at Redlin Funeral Home. Visitation will take place from 10:30 a.m. until time of the service on Tuesday at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery where Military Rites will be conducted.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at St Mary's Hospital for their wonderful care. They would especially like to thank & acknowledge the loving and compassionate care given by Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. The Roche family thanks the many guests of the Panoramic who provided wonderful memories, which are still cherished today.



Condolences

Denise Scahill February 26, 2020

Friend Vista , California

Our family, The Alongi’s, have the most cherished memories over the last 55 years of George and his beautiful family. Enjoying our summers together at the Panoramic Resort. It has been wonderful to have recently visited with George , Anne, Irenie, and Maryann on my visits to Baraboo. George was a very special man with a joyful soul and caring heart. He will truly be missed. Rest well my dear friend and I know my dad will be so happy to see you again in the gates of heaven. I love you very much and will carry you within my heart. Love, Denise (Alongi), David, Shawn, Patrick Scahill

matt joan helen and aris hart February 28, 2020

close friends Baraboo , Wisconsin

George was a wonderful person with a great work ethic. He loved Devils Lake, Baraboo, and the Panoramic resort which the family owned and operated for 60 years from 1929 thru 1988. A gentle soul who was always accommodating. Our sympathies to his wife Anne, daughters Mary Ann and Irene and son in law Abbey. He will be missed but will always be in our thoughts. God Bless our dear friend George!

Linda Sharratt Gross February 28, 2020

Worked at Panoramic Resort summer 1972 Blue Mounds , Wisconsin

I had the privilege of working with George, Nick and Helen the summer of 1972 at the Panoramic Resort. Great Family, wonderful memories, fun job. Only regret was short sheeting Anne and George’s bed as a joke. They took it well. Karen Popp and I felt guilty afterwards, but we were fresh out of high school. Thank you for the happy memories. So sorry for your loss.

Renie Roche March 03, 2020

Daughter Madison , Wisconsin

Thank you for all the beautiful words honoring my father. I would like to mention a piece of history my father was very proud of and was not mentioned in his obituary. George's father, Louis Roche, helped build the Chateau at the North Shore of Devil's Lake and was the first Concessionaire. I love you Dad, Renie