Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Gordon "Gordy" L. Sumwalt


Portage - Gordon “Gordy” L. Sumwalt, age 70, of Portage, was at home with his family when he went peacefully to his eternal heavenly home on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017. He was born in Hillpoint on Dec. 31, 1946 to Lawrence and Marcella Sumwalt. He lived in the township of Caledonia since 1974 in the house that he designed and built. Gordy was united in marriage to Laurene Rockhill on May 16, 1970 in Madison.
Gordy was a gentle, loving, and generous husband, father, grandfather and servant of God. He had his own construction and home inspection businesses for many years. Among Gordy’s special interests were model trains, history, Creation and the Tabernacle. He enjoyed helping others. He was always ready to take on new adventures including leading several Safety Patrol trips to Washington, DC; driving a stock car, school buses and charter buses; and leading the Boys’ Brigade. His church activities ranged from serving as a Deacon, managing the church library and lending his handyman skills for all manner of needs.  If you had a question on most any subject or needed help you could be sure Gordy would be there for you.
Gordy is survived by his wife of 47 years, Laurene; his children, Julie and David (Melissa); grandchildren, Cassondra, Parker and Isabella; brother, Mel (Kim); and sister-in-law, Barbara; special canine companion, Benson; and many other dear family members and friends.
In addition to his parents, Gordy was preceded in leaving for heaven by his brother, Dean.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 1, 2017 at CrossPoint Assembly of God Church, 2727 County Rd. CX, Portage, with Rev. Randy Mantik officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until time of services. Private family interment will take place in Shanks Cemetery in Caledonia Township, Columbia County. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family to be forwarded to the Answers in Genesis Ministry. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
The family would like to thank the SSM Health at Home Hospice for the wonderful care given to Gordy during his last months on earth.
“God Bless!”

 

 

 

 

 

Virginia May Richards


West Baraboo - Virginia May Richards, 99, of West Baraboo, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017 at St. Clare Hospital. Virginia was born on Sept. 29, 1918 in Baraboo, the daughter of Walter and Gladys (Hocum) Schacht. Virginia graduated from Baraboo High School in 1936 and began working at the Hershinger Insurance Agency as a secretary. On Aug. 15, 1940, she married Lester Ira Richards at her parent’s home in Baraboo. He preceded her in death on Feb. 16, 1998.
Virginia was a homemaker most of her life and she enjoyed raising Boston terriers. She was an outdoors person; being an avid hunter, which includes hunting squirrel, rabbits, deer, pheasant and raccoon. Virginia also enjoyed trout fishing. She and Lester loved to dance every Saturday night at the Frolics in Portage. She will be truly missed by her family and friends.
Survivors include her daughter, Patricia “Pat” (Robert) Frank, of West Baraboo; five grandchildren, John (Tracy) Niles of Baraboo, Robert (Erin) Niles of East Bristol, Beverly (Jason) Terry of Baraboo, Michael (Shaoping) Richards of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kelly (Sidney) Scoville of Richland Center; seven great-grandchildren, Matthew Powell, Drake, Garrett, Lily, Niles, Taz, Wiley, and Freya Scoville, Leo Xial “Richards” and daughter-in-law, Sandy Richards of Baraboo.
In addition to her parents and husband, Virginia was preceded in death by her son, Jim Richards; a brother, Walt Schacht; and a granddaughter, Lynn Graham.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017 at the Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, Baraboo, with Pastor Thomas Dunbar officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service. Burial will take place in Walnut Hill Cemetery following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Sauk County Humane Society Baraboo. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Dr. Ronald Stephen Ostrowski


Sherrills Ford, North Carolina - Dr. Ronald Stephen Ostrowski, 78, of Sherrills Ford, NC, passed away on Thursday, November 16, 2017.
He was born on March 3, 1939 in Chicago, IL, to the late Stephen and Julia Salinski Ostrowski. Ron grew up in Chicago’s South Side and graduated from De La Salle High School. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Navy. After service to his country, he received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Northern Illinois University and his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.  He worked as a Professor of Biology specializing in Genetics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte for 34 years, retiring in 2005. During that time, he mentored many students in biology and pre-med.  He also had many other professional activities that included serving on the Planned Parenthood Board of Directors, consulting for the Association for Sickle Cell Disease, and collaborating with the Clinical Genetics Program at Carolinas Medical Center. Since 1992 he enjoyed working as a DNA consultant and expert witness in the court system.
Ron enjoyed gardening, remodeling and home projects, ballroom dancing, classic old movies and fifties music (especially Doo Wop) – he would sing along to every song. He was a wonderful teller of stories – and oh the stories he told! (He had many adventures in his life!) He had a strong love and loyalty to his family and his many, many dear friends. He will be greatly missed.
In addition to his parents, Ron was preceded in death by his first wife, Carol Dressel Ostrowski. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda McNally; daughter, Beth Ostrowski Kooby; grandchildren, Dylan and Sienna Kooby; mother-in-law, Nellie McNally; brother-in-law, Steven McNally (Karen); sister-in-law, Cheryl Woodburn (Mark); cousins, William “Bill” Ostrowski (Kathy) and Diane Wilson (Larry); and extended family and friends. 
The family would like to thank Dr. Timothy Kuo and the staff at Lake Norman Oncology in NC, as well as his physicians and staff at Emory Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta, GA, for their care and compassion throughout Ron’s illness.  We have special gratitude to the many dear friends who have been on this journey with us and helped us along the way.
A chapel service will be held at 11:00 AM on Saturday, November 25, 2017 at the Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., in Baraboo, WI with Pastor Thomas Dunbar officiating. Visitation will take place at the funeral home from 10:00 AM until the time of service. Burial in Walnut Hill Cemetery will follow the chapel service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105, The Salvation Army, 501 Archdale Drive, Charlotte, NC 28217 or the charity of your choice.
Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory of Mooresville, NC and Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home of Baraboo, WI are serving the family. Condolences may be made to the family at www.cavin-cook.com and www.ragobaldwinfuneralhome.com.

 

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Wayne William Wolter


Wisconsin Dells - Wayne W. Wolter of rural Wisconsin Dells graduated to his Saviour's presence on Nov. 20, 2017 following a stay at the Hospice House in Baraboo. 
Wayne was born on March 28, 1938 as the second of three sons to Raymond and Edna (Paepke) Wolter on the same farm south of Reedsburg where his father and grandfather were born. Wayne grew up in Baraboo and graduated from Baraboo High School in 1956. 
Wayne married Geraldine Ann Krenz of Lake Delton on October 3, 1959. They were blessed with four children. Wayne worked as a meat cutter, motel operator, carpenter, and fireman at the Badger powder plant. He finished his working career with 30 years of service at UPS as a package and semi driver.
After purchasing 80 acres of land four miles west of Lake Delton, Wayne built a large home for his family. While driving nights to Minneapolis and back for UPS, Wayne cut trees on the property which were milled into lumber for the house. All of the cement work was mixed on site and with the help of his father, father-in-law and other family members a house was built in which he lived with his family for 45 years. 
Wayne was an avid fishermen and fisher of men for God's Kingdom. He also enjoyed hunting, woodworking and was dedicated to his family, church, and friends. Wayne also enjoyed birds immensely and loved animals, especially his pets.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 58 years, Geraldine; and their children, Cindy (Eric) Scott, Mark (Jamie) Wolter, Peter (Jenny) Wolter and Paul (Ann) Wolter; nine grandchildren, Courtney (Skyler) Tacchini, Zach (Laura) Scott, Natalie (Mike) Fabretti, Meredith Scott, Alex, Aleah, Christina, David and Jonathan Wolter; six “plate cleaner” great-grandchildren, Vincent, Bowen and Amelia Tacchini, Susanna, Joseph and Abigail Scott; a brother, Roger Wolter; nieces, nephews and many "adopted" sons, daughters and brothers.
In addition to his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by a brother, Don.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at Living Hope Church, S3963 Hwy BD, Baraboo, with Pastor Dave Bauman officiating. Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East Street, Baraboo, and on Saturday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service. Burial will take place in Walnut Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Samaritan’s Purse Clean Water Projects run by Franklin Graham at a special page set up at http://sampur.se/2zWNAmn The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Joan Josephine Wucherer


Joan Josephine Wucherer, 83, of Baraboo, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017 at St. Clare Meadows Health Care Center.
Joan was born on June 22, 1934, in Joliet, Illinois, the daughter of Joseph and Josephine (Senffner) Mutz. Joan was a graduate of Messmer High School in Milwaukee and attended Marquette University graduating in 1956 with a degree in Medical Technology. On Nov. 17, 1956, she was united in marriage to Edward L. Wucherer at Holy Angels Catholic Church in Milwaukee. He preceded her in death on June 2, 2010.
After their marriage, they moved to Lake Amy Belle where they resided until 1967 before moving to Berlin where they lived for over 24 years. While living in Berlin, Joan was active in several service organizations in the community. In addition, she was a 12 year member of the Berlin Area School District Board of Education, and participated in AFS where she and Edward hosted three students.
A job change brought them to Portage for five years, and then to Baraboo where they currently lived. While residing in Baraboo, Joan worked as a Medical Technologist at Medical Associates-Baraboo for over nine years and was a founding member of BASCO in September of 2001. She enjoyed helping people and dearly loved her family and many friends.
Joan is survived by seven children, E.J. of Woodinville, Washington, Chris (Carey) Wucherer of Holmen, Lisa (Jim) Pruszka of Muskego, Tom (Val) Wucherer of Las Vegas, Nevada, Jean (David) Bordewyk of Aurora, Colorado, Sharon (Dave) Barczak of Minnetonka, Minnesota, Julie (John) Puscheck of Naperville, Illinois; 19 grandchildren, Kristin, Kelly and Karoline Wucherer of Woodinville, Washington, James, Timothy and John Wucherer of Holmen, Tommy, Danny and David Pruszka of Muskego, Natalie and Aidan Wucherer of Las Vegas, Nevada, Liam and Kate Donahue, Isabel Bordewyk of Aurora, Colorado, Claire, Evie and Sam Barczak of Minnetonka, Minnesota, Lauren and Cam Puscheck of Naperville, Illinois; brother, Jim (Ginny) Mutz of St. Charles, Missouri; and special friends, Karl (Barb) Dettmering of Pewaukee, Terry (Beth) Kramer of Baraboo; and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, Joan was preceded in death by a sister, Judy (Roger) Conklin; and a daughter-in-law, Yoshiko Otonari.
A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 304 East St., Baraboo, with Fr. Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until time of Mass, with a luncheon immediately following.
Interment services will take place at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 at Holy Cross Cemetery Chapel, 7301 W. Nash St., Milwaukee, with Fr. Michael Zeps officiating. Visitation will be in the chapel from 12:30 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Joan may be given to BASCO or the Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Nona Mae Strampe


Nona Mae Strampe, 74, of Baraboo, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017 at St. Clare Hospital. Nona was born on Feb. 17, 1943 in Poynette, the daughter of Harold and Joyce (Weaver) Feight. In 1959, she married Edward B. Strampe and from this union they had two children, Edward Jr. “Buddy” Strampe and Pamela Strampe. Nona was employed at Sysco Foods for over 15 years. She enjoyed gardening, coin and stamp collecting, crocheting items for the grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was an avid Packer fan. She especially enjoyed all the family get-togethers cooking during the holidays. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Survivors include her two children, Edward Jr. “Buddy” (Shauna) Strampe of La Valle, and Pamela Strampe Reimer of Loganville; five grandchildren, Stephanie Strampe (Isaac) Knuth, Vanessa Strampe (Sam) Williams, Jake, Josh and Jamie Strampe; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister, Janice Partanen of Baraboo; and other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a twin sister, Donna Bracken and a brother, Randy Haas. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11, 2017 at Spring Grove Cemetery in Wisconsin Dells with Pastor Thomas Dunbar officiating. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.  

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Estelle Mae Stevens


 
Estelle Mae Stevens, 83, of Reedsburg, formerly of Baraboo, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 at Sauk County Health Care Center in Reedsburg.
Estelle was born on Oct. 20, 1933 in Merrimac, one of seven children to James and Clara (Schneider) Hein. She was a 1952 graduate of Baraboo High School and was employed at the Baraboo Industrial Coils Manufacturing Plant. She then provided home child care services in the Baraboo area for many years. Estelle was a lifelong member of the First Presbyterian Church in Baraboo for over 66 years. In her spare time, she enjoyed reading, bowling, and visiting with family and friends. She will be truly missed by all who knew her.
Survivors include her seven children, Ann Robinson of Reedsburg, Kim (Jeff) Silvers of Reedsburg, Karen Robinson of Baraboo, Lorri (Tim) Alexander of Madison, Thomas Robinson of Reedsburg, Terri Robinson of Reedsburg, and Rhonda (Tim) Tauber of Hillsboro; 12 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, Estelle was preceded in death by two sisters, Lorraine Voiles and Virginia “Ginger” Brimmer; and three brothers, Don, Monroe “Chub” and James “Jim” Hein.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, 416 Ash St., Baraboo, with Pastor Lisa Newberry officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.