Friday, May 25, 2018

Louise Lauing Crusoe

Louise Lauing Crusoe, 97, died on Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at her residence in Baraboo, Wisconsin. Until 2017 she lived for many years in Bartlett, Illinois. Louise was physically active throughout her life with boundless energy – always the life of the party. She was well-known for her outgoing friendliness and wry sense of humor – coupled with her entertaining obsession of consuming dark chocolate multiple times per day. She was a loving and attentive wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, and aunt. By far, Louise’s greatest passion and pride was her family. An enthusiastic and skilled golfer for decades, she played well into her nineties with family and in two weekly women’s leagues. Her accomplishments on the links include the rare golf achievement of two hole-in-ones. In addition to golf, she enjoyed bicycle riding in the US and Europe and volunteer work including years at the Bartlett library and at Bartlett High School fund-raisers. And she enjoyed many birthday party adventures including a cruise to Alaska, a boat trip on the Wisconsin River last year, and a hot air balloon ride in Napa, California. Born Alta Louise Standard on September 16, 1920 in Blue Rapids, Kansas, she was the first of four children born to William and Esther Standard. The family moved to Bensenville, Illinois, in 1926 where she attended elementary and high school. Louise was an honor student and active in band, Glee Club, theatre, and the school newspaper and yearbook. After graduating from high school in 1938, Louise worked with a trucking company in Chicago.  Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, she moved to Michigan to be near her future husband, Edward Lauing, where the U.S. Navy had posted him at the Grosse Isle Naval Air Station.  Louise was employed in the claim office of the Auto Owners Insurance Company in Wyandotte and continued to work there while Ed began active duty on a naval supply ship touring in the Pacific, based in Oakland, California. In January 1944, Louise received a telegram from Ed with an unusual wartime marriage proposal: “Pack your bags—I’ll call you tonight.” The next day, she boarded a train for the West Coast to marry him while his ship was briefly in port. Louise and Ed were wed in San Francisco on January 22, 1944, with First Class Petty Officer Lauing in his dress blues and the bride wearing “an old two-piece green dress with a black hat and a huge sweet pea corsage.” From then on, California was a special destination and they traveled there frequently over the years. After the war Louise and Ed moved to Lombard, Illinois where Ed began a 30-year career as a buyer with Pure Oil (later Union Oil) in Chicago. Their son, Edward Lauing, Jr., was born in 1948, followed by Frederick William Lauing in 1950. In 1957, they moved to Mount Prospect, where they lived until Ed, Sr.’s death in 1979. In their leisure time Louise and Ed were avid golfers and regularly took fishing and golfing vacations in Door County, Wisconsin with their two boys. In 1985, Louise married Bert Crusoe, a close family friend. Together, they moved to Bartlett, Illinois, but spent several weeks every winter in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Bert died in 2003, and for the next 14 years, Louise lived alone – ferociously independent and self-sufficient until recently when she moved closer to her son in Wisconsin. Louise is survived by her sons, Fred (Elise Moser) of Sauk City, Wisconsin and Ed (Claire) of Palo Alto, California; her step-son, Dale Crusoe; grandchildren, Victoria Lauing, Meagan Lauing DeNeui, Chelsea Lauing, Sarah Lauing, Ben Lauing, and Jacob Lauing: great-grandchildren, Rowan and Graham Doyle and Owsley DeNeui; sister-in-law, Kay Mowers; niece, Donna Mericle; and nephew, Thomas Standard. Her energy and wit are already sorely missed. A Memorial Service is pending in Wisconsin. The family extends special thanks to the extraordinary staff of Meadow Ridge Senior Living in Baraboo and to Kathleen Drouin of Metropolitan Family Services of DuPage Co., Illinois. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.


Monday, May 21, 2018

Ruth Pischke

Ruth Pischke, 98, of Baraboo, passed away on Saturday, May 19, 2018 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center. Ruth was born in Waumandee, Wisconsin on August 24, 1919 to Rev. Frederick and Alice (Walther) Trautmann. As the daughter of a minister, she moved with the family many times, also living in Mondovi, Milwaukee, Prairie du Sac, Norwalk and Eau Claire. She graduated from Eau Claire Memorial High School in 1937. Ruth attended the University of Wisconsin Madison, receiving a Bachelors Degree of Music in 1942. After graduation, she taught music at several schools in Madison and was also the assistant to the Music Director of Madison radio station WHA. In 1945 Ruth received a Masters of Organ from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. As a member of the famed Westminster Choir, she appeared with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra and the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Ruth knew Albert Einstein who would sit in on orchestra practices. When asked about what instrument Mr. Einstein played, her response was always, “He played the violin. He didn’t play it well but nobody told him that.” In 1945 Ruth accepted a position teaching music and piano at Midland College in Freemont, Nebraska. While there, a medical student named Eugene Pischke enrolled in her piano class. She has said that he wouldn’t practice so she had no choice but to give him a failing grade – and on August 1, 1947 become his wife. They lived in Omaha, Nebraska and Hayes Springs, Nebraska before moving to Baraboo in 1955 where Gene established his medical practice. The Baraboo Elementary School music department and the Jr. High Girls Glee Club benefited from Ruth’s teaching talent for 23 years. In 1987 Ruth retired but maintained her interests in music as demonstrated by her participation in the Theater Guild’s musical productions and her devotion to her position in her church playing the pipe organ well into her senior years. Ruth also volunteered at the Circus World Museum as a member of the circus band and played the calliope both at the museum and in the Great Circus Parade in Milwaukee until she was 80 years old. Ruth loved to travel. Her journeys took her to Scotland, London, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland and New Zealand. Ruth is survived by four children, Ruth Marie (Brian) Peterson of Eau Claire, Steve (Marcia) Pischke of Custer, South Dakota, Tina (David) Williams of Mazomanie, and Cathy Schroeder of Baraboo. She is also survived by five grandchildren, Sam and Emily Williams, Sara and Shanna Schroeder and Brian (Jill) Pischke; and a great granddaughter, Joslyn Pischke. She is preceded in death by her husband and her parents. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 at Emanuel United Methodist Church, 101 14th St., Baraboo, with Pastor Blake Overlien officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service. Interment will be held in Walnut Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Emanuel United Methodist Church organ fund. The family wishes to thank the staff of St. Clare Meadows Care Center, Dr. Flygt and Dr. Hamburg for the excellent care Ruth received while residing there. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Rev. Howard A. Romberg

 Rev. Howard A. Romberg, 90, of Baraboo passed away on Sunday, May 6, 2018 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center with his loving family by his side. Howard was born on Aug. 25, 1927 in Bagley, Minnesota. He served in the United States Army Military Police. Following his honorable discharge, he attended business college for a semester and then felt God’s call into the ministry. Howard attended Western Bible College in Winnipeg and Eastern Pentecostal Bible College in Toronto. While in Winnipeg, he met the love of his life, Hazel Irene Currie and they were united in marriage on Sept. 20, 1950. Following graduation, they received their first church in Wildrose, North Dakota in 1951. Throughout the years Howard pastored several churches in North Dakota. After his retirement in 1992, they moved to Baraboo where Howard was active at One Life Assembly. He cherished all of the people and friendships that he established from the various parishes that he was associated with. Howard was an avid hunter and fisherman and always enjoyed the outdoors. While residing at St. Clare Meadows he could always be seen at the main entrance with a happy smile and hardy handshake. He was an ordained minister with the General Council of the Assemblies of God. Howard and his wife Hazel enjoyed quality time spent with their children and grandchildren. He will be truly missed by everyone who knew him. Survivors include a son, Lyndon (Carolyn) Romberg of Eagan, Minnesota; daughter, Sherri (Vince) Martens of Baraboo; five grandchildren, Miche’le Huybers, Jennifer Pederson, Jordan Romberg, Melissa and Timothy Martens; six great-grandchildren, Jamison Cortinas, Lane Ketterling, Riker Pederson, Noah Martens, Layla and Hans Romberg and other relatives and friends. Howard was preceded in death by his wife, Hazel; and two infant granddaughters. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at One Life Assembly, 1000 11th St., Baraboo, with Pastor Michael Dotson officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service. Interment will take place in Walnut Hill Cemetery with military rites provided by the VFW Greenwood Memorial Post 987. Howard’s family extends a special thank you to the staff at St. Clare Meadows Care Center for the wonderful care he received for the past 17 years. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Lillian "Lil" Adams

 Lillian “Lil” Adams, 88, of Baraboo, slipped away while loved ones dozed nearby on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center. Lil was originally from Port-Aux-Basques, Newfoundland, Canada. She came to the States following her marriage to Sparky Adams, a Coast Guard serviceman. They moved to Baraboo in the early 1960’s and Lil was known for 40 years to many as the sassy cashier at Isenberg’s Hardware Store. In retirement, her favorite pastimes included playing bridge, trips to Ho-Chunk casino, and lunches with friends. Lil is survived by a daughter, Linda (Paul) Hawn of Waukegan, Illinois; niece, Hope (David) Anderson Neil of Ottawa, Canada; nephew, Floyd (Alma Hulan) Anderson of Port-Aux-Basques, Canada; and other beloved members of the Hawn and Adams families. In addition to her parents, Lil was preceded in death by a son, Allan Adams; and a brother, Ken Anderson. A graveside service will take place at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 27, 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. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the First United Methodist Church in Baraboo or to a charity of your choice. In celebration of Lil’s life, share a smile or a laugh, host a card party, throw those Yahtzee dice or give your favorite doctor a jar of olives. Wisdom of the word: My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. - Psalm 73:26 

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Art Henry

Art Henry, 77 of Baraboo, passed away on Friday, April 6, 2018 at Ridgeview Group Home in Cazenovia.
A Memorial service will be held in May with a full obituary to appear in the Baraboo News Republic. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family.


Monday, March 12, 2018

Margaret Helen Schaitel

Margaret Helen Schaitel, 97, of Baraboo, passed away on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Oak Park Place in Baraboo. Margaret was born on Dec. 11, 1920 at her home in the Township of Greenfield, the daughter of Fred and Helen (Jahn) Schlender. She attended Ikey Elementary School and was a graduate of Baraboo High School. On Sept. 6, 1941, Margaret was united in marriage to Raymond Schaitel in Baraboo. She had a wonderful life with him until his passing on Feb. 27, 1988. Margaret was a homemaker and had worked as a retail clerk at Kiddie Kastle for several years. She dearly loved spending time with family, especially her grandson, great-grandson, siblings and their families. She was a long-time member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo and will be truly missed by all who knew her. Survivors include her daughter, Wendy (William) Schulte; grandson, Lucas; and great-grandson, Calvin. In addition to her parents and husband, Margaret was preceded in death by a daughter, Bonita (Gene) Heitke; sister, Lucille (Perry) Outhouse; two brothers, William and Stuart Schlender; brother-in-law, Perry Outhouse; and two sister-in-laws, Doris and Elizabeth Schlender. A private family interment will take place in Caledonia Methodist Cemetery, Caledonia Township. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the health care providers at Oak Park Place and SSM Hospice for their loving care provided to Margaret. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.


Friday, March 9, 2018

Beverly "Bev" Ann Dietenberger

 North Freedom - Beverly “Bev” Ann Dietenberger, 75, of North Freedom, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018 while she was wintering at her residence in Arizona.                                                                                Bev was born on March 3, 1942 in Gloversville, New York, the daughter of Roger and Ann (Bendrick) Prahl. She was a graduate of Baraboo High School and received a bachelor degree from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. On Aug. 8, 1964 she was united in marriage to Joseph Dietenberger at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo. Bev and Joe then moved to Green Bay and raised their family. Bev worked as a homemaker and also
put her creative skills to work in visual merchandising at local retailers. She enjoyed travel, sewing, training and riding horses, spending time with family and friends and her dogs. After retiring Bev and Joe moved to North Freedom where she pursued her hobbies as well as working at a local flower shop. She especially enjoyed spending time with her six grandchildren and was an active part of their lives. Bev is survived by her three children, Susan Teska of Baraboo, Ronald (Lisa) Dietenberger of
Germantown and Jerrad (Anna) Dietenberger of Rochester, Minn.; six grandchildren, Lizzie, Claire, Katherine, Alissa, Edward and Andrew; one sister, Sandy (Russ) Feltz; one brother, Don (Diana) Prahl; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends. Bev was preceded
in death by her husband and her parents. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at the Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, Baraboo, with Fr. Jared Holzhuter officiating.
Visitation will be at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service. Inurnment will take place in Rock Hill Cemetery, Baraboo Township, immediately following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Sauk County Humane Society. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.