Monday, February 19, 2018

Betty Grace Carr

Betty Grace Carr, 94, of Baraboo, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018 at St. Clare Hospice House. Betty was born in her home on Aug. 1, 1923 in the Township of Baraboo, the daughter of Ray and Marie (Metcalf) Astle. She was a 1941 graduate of Baraboo High School and grew-up in the Merrimac area during her childhood. On April 20, 1946 she was united in marriage to Douglas A. Carr at First United Methodist Church in Baraboo. He preceded her in death on Aug. 3, 1980. Survivors include a daughter, Janice Carroll of Porter, Texas; six grandchildren, David, Kristy, Doug and Michael Carroll, and Ryan and Andrea Batchelor; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, John (Gwynlee) Astle of Bakersfield, California; one sister-in-law, Waunita Nass, Bonnie Morgan and Lorraine McMillan; and two brother-in-laws, Jimmy and Logan Carr. In addition to her parents and husband, Betty was preceded in death by a daughter, Debra Bachelor; three son-in-laws, Du Wayne Batchelor, Larry and James Carroll; and three sister-in-laws, Bonnie Morgan, Lorraine McMillan and Waunita Nass. Graveside services will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 23, 2018 at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Baraboo, with Pastor Marianne Cotter officiating. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Jerald "Jerry" Elmer Nolden

 

Jerald “Jerry” Elmer Nolden, 74, of Baraboo, passed away on Friday, Feb. 16, 2018 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center with his loving family by his side.
Jerald was born on May 15, 1943 in Baraboo, the son of Elmer and Caroline (Cecka) Nolden. On July 21, 1984 he was united in marriage to Ruth Elizabeth Tinkham at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in North Freedom. Jerald was employed at Deppe Enterprises until his retirement.
Jerry enjoyed playing sheeps head with his Wednesday group of friends. He also enjoyed gardening, projects in his garage and was an active member of his church for 35 years. Most important to him was spending time with his family and friends.
Jerry is survived by his wife of 34 years, Ruth; his mother, Caroline; three children, Debbie (Ken Slaton) Nolden, Wendy (Blaine) Bill, Pam (Rick) Smothers; two step-sons, Jamie and Curt Rathman; seven grandchildren, Katelin (Brent) Rick, Shawna (Gunnar Yaegar) Meeker, Miranda (Matt) Smothers, Austin (Jenny) Smothers, Carley (Trae Finnegan) Bill, Jordan (Olivia Hartley) Bill, Brenton Nolden; six great-grandchildren, Zoey, Aiden, Frankie, Payton, Oden and Natalie; one brother, Tim (Kathy) Nolden; four sisters, Shirley (Darrell) Vorndran, Bev (Larry) Skwor, Cindy (Bob) Hackett, Katie (John) Crone and his “other” brother, Greg (Alice) Nolden; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Jerry was preceded in death by his father and his brother, Ron.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018 at St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 106 S. Maple St., North Freedom, with Pastor Andrew Meyer officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. until time of services. Burial will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery, North Freedom. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church or St. Clare Meadows Care Center.
The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Randy Krszjzaniek and the staff at St. Clare Meadows Care Center and St. Clare Hospital for the loving care and attention given to Jerry.
The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

David Lloyd Swanson


David Lloyd Swanson of Baraboo, passed away peacefully on Friday, Feb. 9, 2018 at the age of 84 with his loving family by his side and the morning sun reflecting onto his face from the newly fallen Baraboo snow. Together, David and his wife, Marcia fought a long and difficult battle with David's Parkinson's disease. Marcia's dedication to David as his wife and caregiver seems like the worldly expression of God's love. David and Marcia's 57-year devotion to one another, in sickness and in health, represents an ideal for younger generations to aspire to, ensuring that it does not become another anachronism in our society. David was born May 30, 1933 at home in Washburn, to Lloyd and Isabelle “Belle” (Harrison) Swanson. He attended Washburn High School through his junior year.  On the eve of the recovery from the Great Depression, the family moved to Sauk Prairie for work at the Badger Ordinance Plant. In 1953, he graduated from Sauk Prairie High School. David served in the United States Army for two years during the Korean Conflict. His mother, Belle, would cry every time she heard the song "I'll Be Home for Christmas" while he was serving our country overseas. She was a very special part of his life and he always remained close to her. After his honorable discharge, David worked at the Badger Ordinance Plant. It was during that time that he spotted Marcia Anderson, a native of Baraboo, from across the room at a Dell View Hotel dance. It was love at first sight. David graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Platteville and they were united in marriage on June 17, 1961 at the First Presbyterian Church in Baraboo. David and Marcia moved to Madison in 1961 where he worked in sales at the Electron Company. While in Madison, Eric and Brad were born. Together they enjoyed lazy afternoon picnics and sailing on Lake Mendota. In 1966, they moved to Milwaukee where David began working at the Larson Company and they bought a house in The Washington Highlands of Wauwatosa. There they forged so many great friendships and memories that have endured for over half of a century. The outrageous costumes of their many Halloween parties, the “Highland Flings,” spring breaks in Florida; these were the roaring 70's and 80's that we all remember and cherish. One memorable Halloween, they went as Frankenstein and his bride. He must have stood over 7 feet tall in those platform boots! It was during this time period that David and two business partners formed The Super Systems Company in Green Bay and began manufacturing commercial baking equipment. David designed and engineered many of their products and held numerous US patents. He was an inventor, a dreamer and an artist at his core. His entrepreneurial spirit and passion was evident in everything he did. Once their children left for college, Marcia and David moved to Green Bay where they resided for 10 years. By that time, many of their friends had also moved from the old neighborhood. They sold the company in 1989, and moved back to their beloved Baraboo where they continued to forge wonderful friendships. David and Marcia were very active members of the Theater Guild where David would design and help build elaborate sets for performances at the historic Al Ringling Theater. He was also an active member of Friends of Devil's Lake, Friends of the Baraboo Zoo, Sauk County Historical Society, Baraboo Range Preservation Association, Inventor's Club and the Baraboo Parkinson's Disease Support Group. David was a patient and kind “gentle man" who never complained or found fault with anyone. He was perennially optimistic, loved his family, and was always so proud of his children and grandchildren. He took every opportunity to be with his grandchildren, playing and introducing them to his beloved Baraboo. David had a great sense of humor and loved to hear a good joke as much as telling one. His friends and family members will always remember his aphorisms and limericks from days gone by. David is survived by his wife, Marcia; son, Eric (Holly) Swanson and their children James and Robert of Henderson, Nevada; son, Brad (Julia) Swanson and their children Alexandria, Sophia and Madeline of Atlanta, Georgia; brother-in-law, Tom (Aila) Anderson, nephew, Ben and niece, Heidi Anderson of Hollywood, Florida; brother-in-law, Gene Patzer of Mulberry, Florida; and other relatives and friends. David was preceded in death by his parents, and a sister, Jane Patzer. David's family would like to thank the caring staff at St. Clare Meadows Care Center, the caregivers from Bright Star and Home Instead, SSM Hospice and Dr. Danny Sessler for the caring attention given to David the past several years. Donations in David's memory may be made to: The Baraboo Parkinson's Support Group, The Boy's and Girl's Club of Baraboo or The Friends of The Baraboo Zoo. A private reception celebrating David's life will be announced at a future date. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Gretchen E. Hansen


Gretchen E. Hansen, 100, of Baraboo, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center. Gretchen was born at home in St. Charles, Iowa, (Madison County) on Dec. 9, 1917 to E.E. and Adah Mae (Quiggin) Murphy. In 1919, she moved with her family to a farm near Wyeville in the Tomah area and later moved into Tomah where she graduated from Tomah High School in 1934. She worked several part-time jobs in the area and in 1938 married Donald L. Hansen. Don worked for the Milwaukee Road and his job moved them to live in Wausau, where their son, Dan was born. In 1946, the family moved to Tomahawk and then to Wabasha, Minnesota in 1955. Gretchen worked as a secretary for various employers and was active in the local Eastern Star organization, church, card clubs, bowling leagues and square-dancing. After Don’s death in 1981, Gretchen moved to Baraboo in 1991 to be near Dan and Lynne with their family. She made many new friends and was active in her membership at First Presbyterian Church of Baraboo, Eastern Star and various other groups until failing health required her to move to St. Clare Meadows. On Dec. 9, 2017, her immediate family gathered to celebrate Gretchen’s 100th birthday. What a memorable event! Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, Dan (Lynne) Hansen; two grandchildren, Amy Hansen and Adam (Terri) Hansen; and several nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Gretchen was preceded in death by 13 siblings and their spouses, and other relatives and friends. A private family graveside service will take place at a later date. The family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Ethan Carlson and the caregivers at St. Clare Meadows for the care and attention given to Gretchen during her stay. She appreciated the staff and the “good food” very much. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

  

Monday, January 29, 2018

Dorothy "Dottie" Slota


Dorothy “Dottie” Slota, 93, of Baraboo, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 27, 2018 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison with her family by her side. Dorothy was born on March 14, 1924 in Thorp, the daughter of Joseph and Helen (Bogumill) Neiman. She was a graduate of North Division High School in Milwaukee and returned to Thorp where she met Robert William Slota. They were united in marriage on May 22, 1947 at St. Bernard’s Catholic Church in Thorp. He preceded her in death on Dec. 1, 2003. Prior to living in Baraboo, Dorothy and Bob lived in Madison where he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1947. They moved to Baraboo and Dorothy worked as a bookkeeper at the Baraboo National Bank until her retirement. Dorothy was a devoted member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and was active on the Art and Environment committee, the council of Catholic Women, and the Daughters of Isabella. Family and friends were always a first priority and she enjoyed nature, playing golf and bridge, crafting, gardening, and the Art Angels painting group. She firmly believed in providing community service to her friends and neighbors. In addition to her parents and husband, Dorothy was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Ellen. Dorothy is survived by her two children, Paul (Nancy Thompson) Slota of Middleton and Mary Jane (Kurt) Saldutti of Palm Bay, Florida; three grandchildren, Katie Slota of Fort Collins, Colorado, James and Samantha Bolin of Sparta, Tennessee; one great-grandchild, Henry Koontz of Fort Collins, Colorado; a sister, Ruth Chapman of Watertown; two brothers, Joseph (Claire) Neiman of Baraboo and William (Marsha) Neiman of Nashville, Tennessee; and several nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m on Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Baraboo, with Fr. Jared Holzhuter officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Interment will be held in St. Joseph Cemetery. A rosary will be recited at 4 p.m. on Friday at the church in memory of Dorothy. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Building Fund or a charity of one’s choice. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Arthur L. Gibson


Arthur L. Gibson, 92, of Baraboo, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Jan. 8, 2018. 
Arthur was born the son of Arthur R. and Cora (Haskins) Gibson on May 25, 1925 in West Baraboo. He was a lifelong resident of Baraboo. Arthur was a Veteran of the United States Navy proudly serving his country during World War II. On Aug. 21, 1946, Arthur was united in marriage to Eulaine Hattle. She preceded him in death on Feb. 9, 1991. He then married Lois Swiger on Jan. 25, 1992 and would have been celebrating their 26 wedding anniversary this month. After being honorably discharged from the Navy, Arthur was employed as a butcher at the Baraboo Locker Company. In 1959, he went to work for Sunbeam Bread Company as a salesman. In 1969, he began his 37 year career as a salesman for Holiday Wholesale in Wisconsin Dells before retiring in 2005.  Arthur was a member of the Baraboo Lodge #34 F. & A.M., the Baraboo American Legion Post 26, and lifelong member of Emanuel United Methodist Church. He was always known for his sense of humor, love of people, and always had a smile for all.  He had many, many friends and will be truly missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his wife, Lois; daughter, Julie (Dennis) Rose; step-daughter, Becky Swiger; step-sons, Darrell (Barbie) Swiger, Larry Swiger, William (Dawn) Swiger and Mark Swiger. Also surviving are his grandchildren, Christine (Micheal) Kenyon, Andrew (Nancy) Rose; and many step-grandchildren, and great grandchildren, Emma and Sarah Kenyon, and Abigail Rose.Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. noon on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at Emanuel United Methodist Church, 101
14th St., Baraboo, with Pastor Blake Overlien and Pastor Bill Haskins officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service. A Masonic service by the Baraboo Lodge #34 F. & A.M. will be held at 11:45 a.m. Interment will take place in Walnut Hill Cemetery with military honors provided by the Baraboo Veterans Honor Guard followed by a luncheon at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Arthur’s name can be made to Emanuel United Methodist Church. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Veinis C. Fish


Wisconsin Dells - Veinis Fish, 90, of Wisconsin Dells, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo.
Veinis was born in Richmond, Virginia on May 6, 1927 the daughter of Frank and Sarah (Cox) Salyer. On March 22, 1954, she was united in marriage to Eugene Henry Fish Sr. in Newport, Rhode Island. He preceded her in death on Dec. 29, 1979.
Veinis was most recently employed at Ho-Chunk Casino in Enviromental Services. In her spare time she enjoyed doing needlework, quilting and going-out for dinner with family and friends. Veinis was a member of the Newport Evangelical Lutheran Church in Newport Township, Columbia County, and the American Legion Post 187 Ladies Auxiliary in Wisconsin Dells.
Survivors include her daughter, Cindy Fish of Wisconsin Dells; son, Eugene Henry Fish Jr. of Redgranite; two granddaughters, Shaleina (Jason) Stebbins of Rome and Renee (Graham) Smith of Swiftcurrent Saskatchewan, Canada; grandson, Daniel (Tammy) Newkirk of Beloit; great-grandchildren, Deidra Smith of Kelowna, British Columbia and Jethro and Libby Stebbins of Rome; two sisters-in-law, and several nieces, nephews other relatives and many friends.
In addition to her parents and husband, Veinis was preceded in death by a son, Frankie; grandson, Casey; great-grandson, Hayden; five brothers and four sisters.
A memorial service in remembrance of Veinis will take place this summer. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.