Monday, August 6, 2018

Jimmie "Jim" Wayne Pfaff

 Rock Springs - Jimmie “Jim” Wayne Pfaff, 74, of Rock Springs, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison due to heart failure. Jimmie was born on Feb. 19, 1944 in Baraboo, the son of Marion and Lucille (Breidenstein) Pfaff. He grew-up in Rock Springs and graduated from Reedsburg High School in 1962. After attending Sauk County Teachers College in Reedsburg for two years, he then went on to UW Platteville where he graduated majoring in Elementary Music. In 1965, Jim met the love of his life Donna Lee Byrnes and they were united in marriage on July 16, 1966 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Reedsburg. From this union they were blessed with three children, Tammy, Becky and J.T. Jim began his career teaching grades K through 6 in general music, band and chorus at the Sauk Prairie School District. He retired after over 34 years of teaching in the district. At age 14, Jim started playing music professionally with his brother, Charlie. Then in 1962, they formed the band called “The Mello Tones”. They played as a group with Jim playing the accordion, tenor sax and clarinet. In May of 2008 they played their last dance as a group. Jim continued playing music as a solo musician for many area nursing homes as well as private parties and played with many other musicians over the years. One of Jim’s greatest joys was donating his music to the Sauk County ARC for their annual fundraiser. In 1964, Jim started farming at the Pfaff’s Midvale Farm in Rock Springs with his father, Marion. Still today the family farm is operational and he spent time there almost every day. Jim is survived by his wife of 52 years, Donna of Rock Springs; two daughters, Tammy (Frank) Pukys and Becky (fiance’ Tim Ploof) of Rock Springs; son, J.T. (Kyla) Pfaff of Baraboo; seven grandchildren, Ryan (fiancee Katie Wilke) Vorndran of Baraboo, Cpl. Tyler Jimmie Vorndran of the United States Marines, stationed in 29 Palms, California, Bailey (Steven Blanchard) Deering of Poynette, Ashley and Lyndsey Vorndran of Rock Springs, Lily Joyce Deering of Rock Springs, and Blake Pfaff of Baraboo; brother, John (Cindy) Pfaff of Knoxville, Tennessee; sister-in-laws and brother-in-laws, Diane (Tuff) Kaufman of Reedsburg and Jim (Lou Ann) Byrnes of Wonewoc;  and other nieces, nephews, cousins, special friend, Bill Nelson and many other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Jim was preceded in death by his brother, Charlie; infant niece, Christine Pfaff; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Joyce and Donald Byrnes; and longtime companion, Bear. A service of remembrance will be held at 12 Noon on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 at the Rock Springs Community Center, 201 W. Broadway St., Rock Springs, with Pastor Dianne Vielhuber officiating. Visitation will take place at the Rock Springs Community Center on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018 from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service with a luncheon to follow. In lieu of flowers, donations in Jim’s memory may be given to the Sauk County ARC or National Pancreatic Cancer Research at npcf.us He will be truly missed by his family and many friends that he met over the years. His music will live on in the hearts of everyone. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Joan Elizabeth (Tuttle) Barnes


Joan Elizabeth (Tuttle) Barnes, 86, of Baraboo, formerly of Spring Green, daughter of Byron and Viola (Toppen) Tuttle of Maywood, Illinois, left us the way she lived very feisty and always right on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018. Joan lived life to its fullest and always said make sure you try everything life has to offer. She was the rock of her family and was a very giving person. Joan was a member of the ladies auxiliary VFW Post 987 in Baraboo. In the 1970’s, she managed the Rennebohm restaurant in Middleton, she owned and operated a popcorn wagon, worked at O’Brien’s in Richland Center, then later worked for Lands End in Cross Plains, Home Health and Arena Meal Site. Joan loved to paint in oils, was very accomplished in ceramics, porcelain, crafting, stitched several quilts, loved to raise birds (starting many a brood), loved gardening in her green house with many house plants and orchids. Survivors include her children, Diana Anderson of Waupun, David (Wanda) Barnes of Weogufka, Alabama, Donald (Tammy) Barnes of Spring Green, Douglas (Denise) Barnes of Beecher, Illinois, Duane (Shari) Barnes of Sauk City, Deb (Lenny) Zeman of Baraboo, Dennis (Deb) Barnes of Beecher, Illinois, Dale (Pam) Barnes of Mt. Horeb, Donna (Dan) Meise of Baraboo; brother, Edward Tuttle of Texas; sister, Susie Vanderhoof of Adams Friendship; best friend for 73 years, Aileen Reed; 45 grandchildren; 79 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; 20 foster children; and many friends and relatives. Joan was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Barnes; son, Daniel Barnes and his wife, Erma Jean; brothers, James and Richard Tuttle; sisters, Ellen Poisel, Dorothy Vanderhoof; and her parents, Byron and Viola Tuttle. Visitation will take place on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. followed by prayers at the Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, with Fr. Jay Poster officiating. Interment will be held in Pleasant Valley Cemetery, Excelsior Township. A luncheon will follow the interment at St. Joseph School gym in Baraboo. In lieu of flowers, monetary donations are appreciated and may be sent to the Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home. The family would like to extend a sincere thank you to the nurses who made Joan’s day special and took great care of her, and to the staff at St. Clare Hospital and Stoughton Hospital for their loving care and support given to the family. Also, a special thanks to the Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home and St. Joseph Catholic Church for helping with final arrangements and the luncheon meal.  

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Anthony Andrew Ozelis

Anthony Andrew Ozelis, 92, of Baraboo, passed away on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo. Anthony was born on Oct. 3, 1925 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Peter and Agnes Ozelis. On Dec. 2, 1950 he was united in marriage to Genevieve Bombliss. He was a veteran of the United States Navy serving his country during WWII and was honorably discharged in 1945. Anthony was employed at the Tootsie Roll Industries in Chicago for many years. He retired in 1997 and moved with Genevieve to Wisconsin in 1998. Anthony was a wonderful husband and father. Always the family counselor and peacemaker, his wisdom and compassion will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Genevieve; son, Steven (Mary) Ozelis; grandchildren, Ian (Amanda) Ozelis, Rae Ann Pyfferoen, Daina and Peter Ozelis; great-grandchildren, Samantha Ozelis and Kaley Rathman. He is further survived by his sister-in-law, Irene Wiese; and brother-in-law, Gilbert (Nancy) Bombliss. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Baraboo, with Fr. Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be given to the Alzheimer’s Association. The family would like to thank Fr. Jared Holzhuter and Fr. Jay Poster, the staff of St. Clare Meadows, Meadow View and St. Clare Hospital for their kindness, compassion and professionalism in Anthony’s time of need. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Saturday, July 21, 2018

Duane Edward Kopf


Duane Edward Kopf, 78, of Baraboo, passed away on Friday, July 20, 2018 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center with his loving family by his side. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer in April of 2018. Duane was born on April 23, 1940 in Baraboo, to Raymond and Josephine (Schara) Kopf. On June 16, 1962 he was united in marriage to Virginia Bruce. From this union they were blessed with two children, Nancy and Bruce. Less than a year after his marriage, Duane was drafted into the United States Army where he served his country during the Vietnam war.
Duane was a carpenter by trade for 46 years. He had been employed as a superintendent at Tri-North Builders of Madison, where he worked for 21 years before retiring in 2006. He was a proud member of the Carpenter's Union – Local 314 for over 53 years. In his retirement, he enjoyed fishing, deer and turkey hunting, snowmobiling, campfires and cutting wood. Most importantly to Duane was spending time with his family and grandchildren whom he loved dearly. He will be truly missed by his family and many friends. Duane is survived by his wife of 56 years, Virginia of Baraboo; two children, Nancy (John) McKay of Waukesha and Bruce (Kristina) Kopf of Baraboo; five grandchildren, Destiny (fiance’ Matt Steege) and Cody Kopf,  Alexis, Kaylee and Morgan McKay; brother, Francis (Billi) Kopf of Oregon; sister-in-law, Elaine Kopf of Baraboo; and brother-in-law, Ray Astle of Reedsburg. Also surviving are in-laws, Richard (Avice) Bruce, Lois Pierce, Jim (Gail) Bruce, all of Reedsburg; and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Raymond and Josephine, Duane was preceded in death by his brother, Everett Kopf; sister, LaVon Astle; two nieces, Tina Gudenschwager and Sandy Marselle; brother-in-law, Don Pierce; and in-laws, Robert and Ella (Baldwin) Bruce. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2018 at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 624 East St., Baraboo, with Pastor Tim Kushke officiating. Visitation will take place at the church on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service. Interment will be held in Walnut Hill Cemetery in Baraboo with military graveside honors provided by the VFW Greenwood Memorial Post 987. Duane's family would like to thank the Baraboo Cancer Treatment team for his care during treatments, and the amazing staff members at St. Clare Meadows that made his final days peaceful and filled with love. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

 

Monday, July 9, 2018

Lee Allen Luetkens


Lee Allen Luetkens, 72, of Baraboo, passed away on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital in Madison. Lee was born on Feb. 19, 1946 in Baraboo. He was a 1964 graduate of Baraboo High School and was drafted into the United States Army where he served his country during the Vietnam war. After being honorably discharged in 1967, he returned to the states and married Karen Harmon at the First Baptist Church in Baraboo. She preceded him in death on Jan. 25, 2017. Lee worked at Kliens Plastic Manufacturing Company, Scotts Construction, and later at South Central Newspapers in Portage where he retired after 15 years of service. In his spare time he enjoyed the outdoors with hunting and fishing. Lee was a handyman and enjoyed working on old cars and trucks in his garage. He will be truly missed by his family and friends. Survivors include his mother, Dorothy (Kenneth) Luetkens; his children, Shane, Tonya (Jim) Steinhorst, and Trever; grandchildren, Damien, Chelsie and Tyler; three great-grandchildren; a brother, James (Carol) Luetkens; a sister, Glenna Rathman; and other relatives and friends. In addition to his wife, Karen, Lee was preceded in death by a sister, Susan Hill. A Memorial service for Lee and Karen will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 20, 2018 at the Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, with Pastor William “Bill” Haskins officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service at which time military rites will be provided by the Baraboo Veterans Honor Guard.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Beth Ann Kramer


My (Beth Kramer) 18 year long journey with cancer ended on June 29th at Meadow Ridge in Baraboo with my husband and daughters at my side. I was born the eldest child to Gen (Genevieve) Metcalf Counselman and Phil (Philip) Counselman on October 20, 1947 in Monroe, WI.  I attended St. Victor’s School and graduated from Monroe High School. I was a 1969 graduate of WSU-La Crosse with a degree in Medical Technology. On January 23, 1971, I married Terry Kramer at St. Victor’s in Monroe. Terry was my best friend and life partner. Our marriage was blessed with two daughters, Katrina Kramer (Gary Diny) and Michelle (Ben) Anderson. The greatest gifts of my long life were our grandchildren, John, Sam and Andrew Anderson, and Annika Diny. I am also survived by my sister, Jill (John) Norton; brother, Dean Counselman (Deb Shutvet); sister-in-law, Vicki (Duane) Fenrick; and several nieces, nephews and extended families. I was preceded in death by my parents, parents-in-law, and my youngest sister, Lynn. I was a stay at home Mom in the early years of our daughter’s lives. I volunteered at their schools, was scout leader and assisted with 4-H. In both Plover and Baraboo, I taught religious education to children of many ages including confirmation mentoring at St. Joseph’s. After a couple years working as an aide at East School, I returned to laboratory work at Medical Associates. For one year, I worked at St. Clare hospital before returning to the Clinic. Later, I left clinical work and was employed as a receptionist for Dr. Tom Ritzenthaler’s eye practice. Besides my family, my greatest achievement was attaining my Master Gardener certification a year after my initial cancer diagnosis. Gardening has always been my love. Gardening relieves stress, renews one’s spirit and brings one closer to God’s creation. Master Gardener volunteering was fulfilling in many ways – from sharing plants, ideas and time to teaching others to garden. My advice to others would be to travel when you can. The most memorable trips for Terry and me were Glacier National park via Amtrak; experiencing Alaska by bus, rail and small cruise ship; Bryce, Zion and the Grand Canyons; New Brunswick, Canada; kayaking the sea caves on Lake Superior; and our only overseas trip, Great Britain. In Britain, after our guided tour, we ventured out with native Brits and historians to visit places our dad’s had been stationed at during WW II – a lifelong dream. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 304 East St., Baraboo, with Fr. Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements. My family and I want to thank all my doctors (and supporting staff) at UW Hospital and Clinics; Dr. Cleary (Oncology), Dr. Ferguson (Pulmonary), and Dr. Vogelman (Infectious Disease). Additional thanks to the staff at Agrace Hospice and Meadow Ridge. As much as I loved gardening, in lieu of flowers I would prefer donations or memorials be given to the UW Carbone Cancer Center or Agrace Hospice.
“To cultivate a garden is to walk with God.”    -Bovee

Sunday, June 24, 2018

Lettie "Sissy" Morales

Lettie “Sissy” Morales, 74 of Baraboo, passed away on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison. Lettie was born on Aug. 24, 1943 in Charleston, West Virginia, the daughter of Jimmy “Carl” and Anna Mae (Litteral) Butcher. On Aug. 24, 1985, Lettie was united in marriage to Antonio Morales, Jr. in La Valle. He preceded her in death on Feb. 3, 2014. Lettie was a homemaker most of her life and recently was a shuttle bus driver at Ho-Chunk Casino. She is survived by her four children, Kathy Tanner of Fresno, California, Debbie (Bill) Watts of Reedsburg, Brent Morales of Baraboo, Michael (Megan Conley) Morales of Baraboo; five very special grandchildren, Shelby, Mark, Bryanna, Blaedyn, Makoda; a special niece and nephew, Patricia and John Baldwin of Burnwell, West Virginia; and other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Lettie was preceded in death by a son, James “Jimmy” Tanner; five brothers and a sister. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at the Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, with Pastor Amos Vande Hei officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.