Ella Mae Van Zile, 89, of Lake Delton, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 19. 2019 at the Sauk County Health Care Center surrounded by her loving family. Ella Mae was born on May 9, 1929 in Summit, the daughter of Andrew and Frieda (Petrich) Radies. Her mother passed away when Ella Mae was three years old and was raised by Andrew and Iva (Capener) Radies in Baraboo. She attended Hylandale Seventh-Day Adventist Academy in Rockland, WI. In 1953 she married G.E. Van Zile in Arizona. From this marriage, they had two children, Steven G. Van Zile and Sharon Kae Van Zile. Ella Mae worked for Tri-State Breeders in Baraboo for 25 years before retiring. In her spare time she enjoyed traveling with her high school academy friends. Ella Mae dearly loved her family and will be missed by everyone who knew her. Survivors include her two children, Steven (Faithe) Van Zile of Reedsburg and Sharon (David) Jensen of Baraboo; seven grandchildren, Tanya, Jodi, Malissa, Travis and Troy Van Zile, Jennifer and Ashley Jensen; 12 great-grandchildren; and other nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to her parents, Ella Mae was preceded in death by an infant brother, Walter; a sister, Evelyn (Vernon) McNeilus; and a step-sister, Viola (Alex) Erlandson. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019 at Baldwin Funeral Services, Baraboo, with Pastor Justin Spady officiating. Visitation will at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until time of service. Interment will take place in the German Methodist Cemetery in Caledonia Township. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Thursday, January 17, 2019
Audrey Marie McCarthy, 83, of Merrimac, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019 at UW Hospital in Madison. Audrey was born on Jan. 7, 1936 in Vesper, the daughter of Harold and Doris (Winch) Brockman. Audrey attended a one room school house in Altdorf and progressed her education by attending nursing school at St. Mary’s in Wausau and obtained her bachelor degree at Marquette University in Milwaukee. While attending Marquette, she met the love of her life Thomas McCarthy and they were united in marriage on Sept. 12, 1959. He preceded her in death on April 24, 2013. Together, they raised their five children before retiring to Lake Wisconsin. Audrey was very active in her community and at St. Joseph Catholic Church. She enjoyed traveling, especially to Florida and Diamond Lake in northern Wisconsin. She deeply loved her family and enjoyed visiting with her many friends. Survivors include her five children, Michael (Barb) McCarthy, Patrick (Edie) McCarthy, Robert (Jennifer) McCarthy, Kevin (Rachel) McCarthy, Colleen (Rob) Scheibel; 16 grandchildren; seven brothers and sisters, Rachel Lamb, Duane Brockman, Russel (Arlene) Brockman, Kenneth (Carol) Brockman, Mary Knuth, Ruth Mead, Eileen Schields; sister-in-law, Beverly Brockman; and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. In addition to her husband and parents, Audrey was preceded in death by a brother, Douglas; and brother-in-laws Earl Lamb, Gerry Knuth and Cecil Mead. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Baraboo, with Fr. Jared Holzhuter officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Monday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Interment will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Monday, January 7, 2019
Brighton, MI - Caryl Lynne Carr, 72, of Brighton, Michigan passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Dec. 27, 2018. Caryl, daughter of Walter Gustav Andersen and Dorothea Caroline Lange, was born on May 29, 1946 in Madison. She was united in marriage to Ronald Carr on Sept. 29, 1983 and together, in 1988, they built their home in Brighton, Michigan. Caryl spent many years working in the floral industry. She began her career as co-owner with her sister, Jacqualine of The Flower Shop in Madison, then as a designer at Enchanted Plant in Royal Oak, Michigan, and ended her career after many years as an independent business owner who loved participating in the Ann Arbor Farmers Market. Caryl enjoyed working in her greenhouse and gardens and over the years received various awards for her unique designs and her impeccable gardens. She will be truly missed by her family and many friends. Caryl is survived by her loving husband, Ron; stepdaughter, Debra Sherman (Daniel); granddaughter, Sydnee Sherman; her sister, Shirley Peterson (Roger); nephew, John Ehlke (Jacqualine); and sister-in-law, Pam Andersen (Steve). In addition to her parents, Caryl was preceded in death by her cherished sister, Jacqualine Ehlke; and beloved brother, Steve Andersen. A visitation will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 from 12 noon until 2 p.m. at Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo. Memorial contributions in Caryl’s name may be given to the Humane Society of Livingston County, 2464 Dorr Road, Howell, MI 48843
Thursday, January 3, 2019
Donna Fae O’Keefe, 100, of Baraboo, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019 at St. Clare Hospice House in Baraboo. Donna was born on April 30, 1918 in Spring Valley (Pierce County) the daughter of Robert and Minnie Banks. At the age of one, she and her family moved to Reedsburg and was a 1936 graduate of Reedsburg High School. Donna was a long-time volunteer of the St. Clare Hospital Auxiliary and in 1980 received the Community Volunteer award from Amcore Bank. She was also a life-long member of First United Methodist Church in Baraboo. Donna is survived by her seven children, Joaline (Bob) Stedman, Patricia O’Keefe, Mary Lou (Ned) Lewandowski, Jack (Cindy) O’Keefe, Jim O’Keefe, Tim O’Keefe, Bob (Chris) O’Keefe; 12 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Barb O’Keefe; two nephews, Bill (Marge) Dreischmeier and Mike (Deb) Banks; two nieces, Ann (Mike) Sands and Mary (Jim) Griffith. In addition to her parents, Donna was preceded in death by a son, Michael O’Keefe; daughter, Suellen Johnson; step-mother, Anna Banks; brother, Bob Banks; sister, Florence Dreischmeier; and son-in-law, Ted Johnson Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 at the First United Methodist Church, 615 Broadway St., Baraboo, with Pastor Marianne Cotter officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Interment will take place in Walnut Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Frieda Lawsha, 94, of Baraboo, passed away Saturday, Dec. 29, 2018 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center. She was born July 3, 1924 in Germany to Franz and Lydia Gauger. Frieda, her parents, two brothers and sister (Henry, Kurt and Eva) came to the United States in 1927. On June 25, 1943 Frieda married Reay Erwin Lawsha. They were married for 64 years until his passing on Aug. 23, 2007. Frieda retired from Flambeau Plastics after 30 years. She served on the Alter Guild at St John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Baraboo. Frieda enjoyed working in all of her flower gardens, especially with her grandchildren helping her. Survivors include two daughters; Judy Klee (Doug Lindgren) and Janice Tauber; grandchildren, Sheila Weihert (Carl Steele) and Jason Klee (Jodi); great-grandchildren, Machesney Thiel (Kyle), Griffin Weihert, Connor Steele, Shawn Steele (Hannah), Karissa Klee, MaKayla Klee and Julianna Klee; great-great grandchildren, Jackson Steele and Carolynn Klee. In addition to her husband and parents, Frieda was preceded in death by her brothers Kurt and Henry Gauger; sister, Eva Retzlaff; sons-in-law, Don Klee and Paul Tauber. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, 2019 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center, 1414 Jefferson St., Baraboo, with Pastor Tim Kuske officiating. Interment will take place in Rock Hill Cemetery, Baraboo Township. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to a charity of one’s choice. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
John Robert Miroslaw, 58, of Baraboo, passed away on Monday, Dec. 10, 2018 at St. Clare Hospital. John was born on March 18, 1960 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Casimir and Alice (Gramza) Miroslaw. On May 19, 1990 John married Deborah Gail Haynes in Bridgeview, Illinois. Together, they moved to Baraboo in 2006 where John was employed at Oak Park Place in the maintenance department. In his free time, John enjoyed the outdoors with fishing, hunting and target shooting. Some of his special moments included visiting Devil’s Lake State Park and enjoying the scenery. John was a very outgoing person and was the life of the party bringing a smile to everyone’s face. His sense of humor and genuine love of people will always be remembered by anyone who knew him. Survivors include his loving wife, Deborah “Gail” Miroslaw; his son, Michael John Miroslaw; mother, Alice Miroslaw; three brothers, Tom (Cindy) Miroslaw, Steve Miroslaw and Edward (Joanna) Miroslaw; sister, Judith (Jim) O’Brien; two aunts, Rita Kawula and Regina Gramza; three nephews whom he took under his wing upon the death of their father, Jacob, Colton and Brayden Miroslaw; sister-in-law, Jennifer Miroslaw; and other relatives and friends. John was preceded in death by his father and a brother, William. A prayer service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018 at Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, with Fr. Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Frank Robert Braun, 74 of Baraboo, passed away Sunday, Dec. 9, 2018 at his residence with his loving family by his side. Frank was born on May 1, 1944 in Baraboo the son of William and Dorothy (Welk) Braun. On Jan. 24, 1981, Frank married Judy M. Kowalke at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo. At a young age, Frank started his one and only career at Circus World Museum as a maintenance and animal caretaker. He especially enjoyed working with his elephant companions Eva, Topsy and Toby. They shared a special bond that lasted many years. During his employment, Frank formed many friendships which included long time friend Harold “Heavy” Burdick. In his spare time, Frank enjoyed attending the Steam and Gas show every year, junking and visiting with family and friends. He will be truly missed by everyone who knew him. Frank is survived by his two children, William Robert “Bill” (Marisa) Braun and Jenna Marie Braun (Ron Schellenberger); two grandchildren, Alexis and Ryan; ex-wife and good friend, Judy Braun; brother-in-laws, Darrin Hammerstrom and Mark Strampe; and other relatives and many friends. In addition to his parents, Frank was preceded in death by three sisters, Jeanie, Rose and Rita; and brother, Donny. A celebration of Frank’s life will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Circus World Museum, 550 Water St., Baraboo, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.