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.

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Grace Jean Uebersetzig


Grace Jean Uebersetzig, age 89, of Baraboo, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 8, 2017.  She was born on July 13, 1928, in Prentice, WI, to Edwin and Mabel Anna Vera (Dyke) Swanson.  Grace was united in marriage to the love of her life, Harold “Harry” Uebersetzig, on Feb. 26, 1969.  He preceded her in death on Dec. 3, 1987.  She worked for the Wisconsin Telephone Company for 33 years, retiring in 1980. Grace is survived by her sister, Myrle Sauey; her nephew, Dennis (Judy) Sauey and their family, Aaron Richardson and Jana (Bryan) Woodhouse with their children, Ethan and Andrew; her niece, Jeanne (Dennis) Drescher and their family, Elissa (Matthew) Dowis with their children, Savannah, Sydney, Madison, Meghan, Nathan and Noah; Jennifer (Tyler) Ellis with their children, Johanna, Teresa and Savannah; Stephanie Drescher; Brandon (Aundrea Robinson) Drescher with their children, Jaiden and Bentley; and her niece-in-law, Maryjude Hoeffel.  She is also survived by several other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, she was preceded in death by her nephew, Wayne Sauey and an infant sister, Verle. Grace had a passion for cross-stitching, creating many beautiful works of art over the years.  She had a love for all living things and genuinely wanted to know how you were doing whenever you saw her. She liked to play cards, make lefse and even enjoyed making 10-feet tall snowmen with her family.  She will also be fondly remembered for giving the best hugs.  We’ll miss you so much Grace. A visitation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017, at the Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. Interment will follow the visitation at Forest Hill Cemetery, 1 Speedway Rd., Madison, WI.
The gentle touch of Grace’s life will forever be felt by her loved ones.

 

Delores J. "Dee" Hinds


Delores J. “Dee” Hinds, 84, of Baraboo, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 at Oak Park Place. Dee was born on Jan. 29, 1933 in Dubuque, IA., the daughter of Dallas and Olive (Baldwin) Kohls.
On Nov. 23, 1950, Delores married Robert Hinds in Dubuque, IA. She was a devoted homemaker who enjoyed taking care of her family whom she dearly loved. She also enjoyed baking for her family and friends and always had a sweet treat for visitors. Dee loved roller skating, bowling, family get-togethers and traveling across the country in their small camper. She touched so many lives with her beautiful smile and her serving heart. Dee raised her family to be strong and lean on each other; to serve others as Jesus would and not to eat before saying grace.
Survivors include her children, Barbi (Steven) Hause of Baraboo, daughter- in- law, Jean Hinds, James (Tammy Kasten) of Baraboo; six grandchildren, Jessica (Shawn) Nicholson, Zachary Campbell, Joshua Kasten (Delita DeLaCruz), Erin Hinds (Marcus Gonsalves), Jeremy (Kari Baker) Hause, Jori (Matt) Williams; great-grandchildren, Monica (Alan), Anthony, Darren, Emily, Gregg, Brianna, Lilus, Tony, Kruze, Brantley, Richard and Savannah; brother, Richard Kohl and sister, Kay White and other nieces, nephews relatives and friends.
In addition to her parents, Dee was preceded in death by her husband, Robert; her son, Daniel; granddaughter, Nicole Hause; two sisters, Helen Deutsch-Pfohl, Joyce Kennicker; one brother, Robert Kohl; and a very special life-long friend, Nancy Gassen.
A Mass of Christian burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Baraboo, with Fr. Jay Poster officiating.  Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. A private burial will take place. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to St. Joseph Catholic Church in memory of Dee.
A very special thank you to the Oak Park angels that became a part of Dee’s family for the last five years, and Home Health Hospice team for the care given to Dee during her last days.
The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Russell George Gasser


Russell George Gasser, 88, of Baraboo, passed away on Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017 at St Clare Meadows Care Center. Russell was born on Jan. 2, 1929 in the Township of Troy in Sauk County, the son of Almon and Ruth (Cooper) Gasser. On Feb. 3, 1973, he married Sandra Harman in Sauk City.
Russell was employed at Eagle Signal for over 30 years and was a night watchman at St. Clare Hospital. In addition, he also worked for the City of Baraboo in the Park and Recreation department for several years. In his spare time, Russell enjoyed going to the Steam and Gas show, gardening and the outdoors.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Sandra; son, Randall (Allison) Gasser; daughter, Julie Stanford; three grandsons and one granddaughter; special cousin, Neil Koch, and special friend, Ron Marquaret; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and one infant granddaughter.
Private family graveside services will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom. Memorials in memory of Russell may be given to the family. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Beverly Torseth


Beverly Torseth, 88, of Baraboo, formally of Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at SSM Health-St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo.
Beverly was born on Aug. 18, 1929, to Leslie W. Larson and Charlotte (Termath) Larson in Le Sueur, Minnesota.  Beverly and her sister, Betty Lou, were raised by her father and step-mother, Margaret, in St. Paul, Minnesota.  Beverly graduated from Wilson High School in 1947.  She worked as a legal secretary and married the love of her life, Thomas E. Torseth, in 1950.  They shared 67 happy years together.
Beverly and Tom raised three children in Roseville, Minnesota and later on a small farm in Lake Elmo. They retired in Lakeland Shores, Minnesota and Rio Verde, Arizona before moving to Baraboo in late 2015.
Bev was an avid reader and bridge-player.  She had a quick wit and a wonderful sense of humor.  She kept her home, farm and family going while Tom worked in his silk-screen printing business.  Her home was always open to friends and family and she was a willing listener to all who needed to tell their story.
Beverly passed away three weeks after her beloved husband, Tom.   She is survived by her children, Kim (Bill Conroy) Torseth of Falcon Heights and Amy (Tim) Teelin of Baraboo; as well as her grandchildren and great grandchildren, including Thomas N. Torseth Jr. and his daughter, Tianna; Stephanie (Timo Gee) Torseth and their children Alex, Aren and Amari; Andi (Tony) and Jason Krunnfusz; Joe and Erin Conroy, and extended family Antoinette (Donald) Brady and their daughter Isabella. 
She is preceded in death by her husband, Thomas E. Torseth, her father, Leslie W. Larson, her mother Charlotte (Termath) Larson, her stepmother, Maragert (Johnson) Larson; her sister, Betty Lou (Thomas) and her son, Thomas N. Torseth, Sr.
A Memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at the Bradshaw Celebration of Life Center, 2800 Curve Crest Blvd, Stillwater, MN 55082. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday from 2 p.m. until time of service.  In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made in Beverly’s honor to the American Lung Association of the Friends of the Ramsey County Libraries. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home in Baraboo and Bradshaw Funeral Services in Stillwater will both be assisting the family.

 

 

Monday, August 21, 2017

Denise Kay Drescher


Wisconsin Dells - Denise Kay Drescher, 53, of Wisconsin Dells, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison. Denise was born June 19, 1964 in Madison, the daughter of Harold and Lucille (Schwarz) Drescher.
Denise was a very loving and caring soul and was a mother to two sons, Shaun and Nicholas Smith, whom she loved dearly. In her spare time she enjoyed reading, cooking, baking and spending time with family.
Survivors include her soul mate of twelve years, Martin Dorau of Wisconsin Dells; two sons, Shaun and Nicholas; three sisters, Rita, Elaine and Elisa; three brothers, Rick, Jeff and Doug; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Denise was preceded in death by her parents and grandparents.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017 at the Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, with Pastor David Glesne officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of service.

 

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Thomas E. "Torchy" Torseth



Thomas E. Torseth, 91, of Baraboo, formally of Minnesota, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 9, 2017, at SSM Health-St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo.
Tom was born on Aug. 5, 1926, to John and Alvilda (Rognerud) Torseth in International Falls, Minnesota. After meeting the love of his life on a blind date, Tom shared 67 years of wedded bliss with his bride, Beverly. Affectionately known as “Torchy” by friends and family alike, Tom was an innovator and an artist. After serving briefly with the US Navy, he returned home to attend the Minneapolis School of Art and Design. He then continued to work in the family business with Jack, his dad, until Berg-Torseth, Inc. was sold. As a businessman, Tom was involved with the Lake Elmo Lions Club, St. Paul 49er’s, and St. Paul Rotary Club. After 43 years of running the family business, he retired in Lakeland Shores, Minnesota and Rio Verde, Arizona before moving to Baraboo in late 2015.
With a flair for storytelling and a knack for playful elaboration, Tom always had a tale to tell. Among his most entertaining accounts were memories of perfect spring days working at the farmhouse in Lake Elmo, summer nights spent being with family at the North Shore, autumn mornings hunting in Montana, and escaping the winter blues by golfing in Arizona. Across all of his stories were themes of friendship, family, and a deep, understated admiration for those around him. 
Torchy was an avid reader, though his meticulously organized collection of volumes consisted solely of grilling cookbooks, appliance manuals, and hardware catalogues. He spent hours in his workshop “making sawdust.” His workshop was crammed with a striking mix of power tools and paintbrushes. The process of bringing ideas to life was perhaps what meant most to Torchy, whether that was in art, business, or family.
In many ways, Tom refused to give in to the idea of growing old. He had a ceaseless desire to learn; he faced the transition from floppy disk to the cloud with stubborn enthusiasm and was determined to stay ahead of the “old man curve.” He loved as fiercely as he studied, and played as hard as he worked. Torchy had a big personality, a big heart, and led a big and beautiful life.
Thomas is survived by his wife, Beverly; children, Kim (Bill Conroy) Torseth of St. Paul and Amy (Tim) Teelin of Baraboo; as well as his many grandchildren and great grandchildren, including Thomas N. Torseth Jr. and his daughter Tianna, Stephanie (Timo Gee) Torseth and their children Alex, Aren, and Amari, Andi (Tony) and Jason Krunnfusz, Joe and Erin Conroy; and extended family, Antoinette (Donald) Brady and their daughter Isabella, and Jordan Jensen. He is also survived by his siblings, John (Julie) Torseth, Delores Hodgson, Arthur (Joanne) Torseth, and James (Cara) Torseth. Thomas was preceded in death by his parents, John and Alvilda; his son, Thomas N. Torseth Sr.; and mother-and father-in-law, Leslie and Margaret Larson.
A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church, 416 Ash St., in Baraboo, with Pastor Lisa Newberry officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, please donate in Torchy’s honor to Habitat for Humanity: www.habitat.org/donate. The Rago-Baldwin Funeral Home, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.