Redlin Funeral Home

Stephanie Gaddas , Age 68

March 04, 1952 --March 01, 2021

Stephanie Gaddas, age 68, passed peacefully to her final reward on Monday, March 1, 2021 at SSM Health Hospice House in Baraboo, after suffering a recent stroke. Stephanie was born on March 4, 1952 to John and Barbara (Lee) Sprecher, at Great Lakes Naval Base in IL. Stephanie was a lifelong Baraboo resident, graduating from Baraboo High School in 1970. She attended UW-Whitewater. In 1973, she was united in marriage to Steve McMahon and their family grew with the arrival of two beautiful daughters, Jessica and Stacy. They later divorced and Stephanie met and married John Gaddas in 1997.

Stephanie's entire career experience of over 40 years was spent in the banking industry. She worked at several local institutions including Baraboo National Bank, Wells Fargo and Summit Credit Union. Stephanie touched many people's lives through her work, helping them with their financial planning. Her family was particularly moved to hear from a nurse they encountered during Steph's final care that her daughter chose a career in banking specifically because of her interactions with Stephanie early in her life. This is a notable tribute to Stephanie's ability to connect with her customers and her desire to help others.

Steph kept a close connection with a group of her high school friends; they were a lasting source of camaraderie and comfort through the years. Those friends knew her to be loyal and always the life of the party. Steph loved to travel and a standing joke was when anyone mentioned going on a trip, she always chirped in "when are you going and my bags are packed!" She had a great group of close friends after high school that she treasured and who always stood by her as well.

Stephanie always kept family first in her life. Her daughters and grandchildren were her proudest accomplishments and greatest gifts of joy. She especially loved entertaining and playing with her grandkids when they were younger. It was difficult at times to differentiate the grandma from the kids. They always knew Grandma had fun and unusual treasures in her closets, and they delighted in discovering new sources of wonder with her.

Stephanie excelled at entertaining and holidays and birthdays were always special times when she hosted family gatherings. She was a master at bringing comfort and graciousness to every event, making each person feel celebrated.

Steph enjoyed reading, walking, traveling, gardening, music, golfing, Devil's Lake and Newport Beach, and like most good Wisconsinites, she had Badger Red and the Green and Gold in her blood. She was a simple woman, who always lived life large with passion, integrity and a genuine spirit.

Stephanie is survived by her daughters, Jessica Kolar (Kevin Crawford) and Stacy McMahon (Cory Wetzel), both of Baraboo, grandchildren Zoe and Olivia Kolar and David Wetzel, honorary grandchildren Chloe and Cameron Crawford and Nicole and Michelle Kolar, sisters Susan Sprecher, Sandra Horkan and Sharon LaRue, all of Baraboo, nephews MJ and Rory Horkan, and great-nephew Liridon Horkan, uncles Bud and Rod Sprecher and aunt Shari Schell, and numerous cousins who were an important part of her life.

She was preceded in death by her parents John and Barbara Sprecher, aunts Nola Sprecher, Mary Krueger, Bonnie Cole and uncle George Sprecher.

The family would like to extend special thanks to St. Mary's ICU staff, the SSM Hospice House of Baraboo staff and Dr. Randy Krszjzaniek and his staff for their care and concern.

A mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Baraboo on Friday, March 5, 2021 at 11 a.m. Visitation will be prior to the service from 9:30 a.m. until the time of mass at 11 a.m. Inurnment will follow at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the SSM Health Hospice House of Baraboo or the SJS Cancer Support Team. The Redlin Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Penny Quandt March 03, 2021

Friend Baraboo , Wisconsin

My thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.Steph was always a wonderful person and kind to everyone 🙏😇

Jane Langdon March 03, 2021

Friend Madison , Wisconsin

She helped my mother so much

Brian and janet klock March 03, 2021

Friend Fitchburg , Wisconsin

Such beautiful words For Steph! She was very lucky to have such a wonderful family and all those she touched will have such wonderful memories as the days go on.

JEFF SPRECHER March 03, 2021

cpusin baraboo , Wisconsin

My beautiful cousin. Such wonderful memories of the big family gatherings and adventures with cousins, aunts, uncles and grandparents. A full life that was too short.

Ruth "Toot" March 03, 2021

Sista Woodbury , Minnesota

Know that your lovely mom and sister was loved, is loved and will forever be loved and missed. With a broken heart but a lifetime of memories... Godspeed Steph! Love you!

Kelley Cory March 04, 2021

Cousin Verona , Wisconsin

So sorry for the loss of Steph. We have nothing but fond memories of her and good times. She was very special.

Todd and Dana Krueger March 04, 2021

Cousin Wisconsin Dells , Wisconsin

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.🙏

Patricia Sardeson March 04, 2021

Friend her dental hygienist Baraboo , Wisconsin

So sorry for your loss she was a very friendly caring person and was always a joy to work with in banking as well

Kari Frantal March 23, 2021

former co worker First National Bank (Wells Fargo) Wisconsin Dells , Wisconsin

To all of Stephanie's family- My thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort are with you. Stephanie's megawatt smile is one I will always carry with me. So many fond memories of working with her. Heaven gained a great one!! Much love- Kari (Jayne) Frantal