Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Monica Carole Harrison

Baraboo - Monica C. Harrison, of Baraboo, passed away on Sunday, December 5, 2021. She was born in Baraboo on February 7, 1947, to Frank and Gladys (Gomon) Marini. Monica grew up in Rock Springs, a small town she loved, and graduated from Webb High School in Reedsburg in 1965. She especially enjoyed singing soprano in Triple Trio performances. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh in 1969 and from the University of Wisconsin Madison in 1970, where she earned a Masters Degree in Library Science. In 1970, Monica married Thomas W. Brei. She was blessed with two children, Andy and Kati, of whom she is extremely proud. In 1999, she married Richard W. Harrison. After retirement they built their dream home in the Baraboo Bluffs. Monica was a children’s librarian at the Madison Public Library, and later a special events and public programs coordinator for the Wisconsin State Historical Society Museum. She loved her work, as it gave her the opportunity to learn every day. She enjoyed reading and gardening and was a lifelong fan of Milwaukee baseball teams and a fan of UW men’s basketball and women’s volleyball. She was an active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo, where she was volunteer librarian and a member of the Daughters of Isabella. Monica was preceded in death by her father, Frank Marini; step-daughter, Lisa Harrison Gray; nephew, Matthew Liegel; and sister, Janice Bakkum. She is survived by her mother, Gladys Marini; cherished husband, Richard W. Harrison; beloved children, Andrew (Kim) Brei and Kathryn (Geoffrey) Bares; adored grandchildren, Ella and Mia Brei; Evelyn, Bianca, Patrick, and Leopold Bares; step-son, Don (Jane) Harrison; step-grandchildren, Henry and Walter Harrison; siblings, Rita Bates, Mike (Dianne) Marini, Julie (Marcus) Liegel, brother-in-law, Ron Bakkum; dear friend, Mary Fish; and many other relatives and friends. The book club “Mavens” Carol, Kelly, Kerman, Jane, and Osahmin (deceased) were her special friends. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 11, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 304 East St., Baraboo, with Fr. Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until time of Mass with a luncheon to follow. The Mass will be livestreamed for those who wish to view. Private interment will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sauk County Historical Society, Agrace Hospice, the Wisconsin State Historical Society Museum, or St. Joseph Catholic Church. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., in Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements. A special thanks to Agrace Hospice, the UW Hospital staff and Dr. Nadiminti for their exceptional care. “The grave itself is but a covered bridge leading from light to light through a brief darkness.”

Friday, December 3, 2021

Barbara Ann Opperman

Baraboo – Barbara Ann Opperman, age 80, of Baraboo, passed away on Sunday, November 28, 2021 at St. Clare Hospital. Born on February 7, 1941 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Barbara was the daughter of William E. Baker and Rose Marie (Price) Baker. Barbara attended Lyons Elementary School and graduated from Baraboo Senior High School. On April 15, 1961, she married Donald L. Opperman at First United Methodist Church in Baraboo. Barbara operated Toddle-Time Nursery Center, an in-home daycare for many years, caring for children in the Baraboo community. She was truly a selfless person who spent her life in service to others by volunteering in many organizations including; First United Methodist Church (Sunday School, nursery, luncheons and senior meal site), St. Paul Lutheran Church in which she provided childcare for the Mothers of Preschoolers program, Baraboo Youth Center, Boys and Girls Club, St. Clare Meadows Care Center, St. Clare Hospital Auxiliary, Hope House and Faire on the Square. In her spare time, she enjoyed socializing, making crafts, crocheting, sewing, reading and writing. Survivors include two daughters, Kimberly Morris and Kristi Schmidt; four grandchildren, Krystal (Mike) Christie, Matthew Schmidt, Nathan Morris, Megan Schmidt; six great-granddaughters, Marinna, Kayleann, Linda, Jessica, Naomi and Wrenne; as well as many other extended family members and friends. In addition to her parents and husband, Barbara was preceded in death by two sons, Kevin L. Opperman and Kerry L. Opperman; and a brother, William “Bill” Baker. Barb’s life impacted many and she will be deeply missed. A memorial service will be held at a later date. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., in Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements. In lieu of flowers, please send a fond memory of Barb along with your contact information so you may be notified of memorial service plans. Please address letters or cards on behalf of the family to: Krystal Christie (Barb’s granddaughter) 3523 2nd Ave. E., Hibbing, MN 55746

Monday, November 29, 2021

Patricia "Pat" A. Mueller

Baraboo - Patricia “Pat” A. Mueller, of Baraboo, passed away on Saturday, November 20, 2021 at the age of 83 years. She was born on January 11, 1938 in Stevens Point, WI., to Lawrence V. and Cecelia E. (Nikolai) Ciecholinski, later shortened to Chick. Pat spent her youth in Stevens Point, Kimberly, Briggsville, and Baraboo, WI. Her father moved the family for his work at the Badger Army Ordnance Plant during WWII and the Korean War. Pat graduated with honors from Kimberly High School, Kimberly, WI., in 1957, where she excelled at math and Latin. Her intentions were to attend Marquette University, however, she met the love of her life, John P. Mueller. They were united in marriage at St. Joseph Catholic Church, in Baraboo, on August 24, 1957. Together, they raised 7 sons on Pine Island Farm, Inc., which they purchased in 1969 in the Township of Caledonia, Portage, WI. Pat was a devout catholic and taught CCD at Durward’s Glen. She was a 4-H leader, served on the board of directors for Alto Creamery, became a certified breeder of cattle, as well as treasurer of Caledonia Township. She enjoyed creating tasty food from her labor in the gardens, growing and sharing colorful flowers, crafting items she sewed, shared and sold, in addition to creating all the memories with the family. Pat taught many grandchildren to bake bread, cookies and pies, as well as sewing and crafting. She loved music; playing the piano and often humming or whistling a tune. In addition to her parents, Lawrence and Cecelia, and husband, John of 58 years; Pat was preceded in death by a sister, Elaine Martin; brothers, Lawrence and Leroy; daughter-in-law, Lana Mueller; father and mother-in-law, Valentine and Irene (Grueber) Mueller; and other family members. Pat is survived by her seven sons, Dennis, Robert (Sherry), Richard (Helen), John (Kathleen), William, Andrew (Tammy) and Tony; grandchildren, Ben, Grace, Esther, Irene, Bart, Olivia, Tricia, Katie, Steve, Joshua, Erin, Joe, Megan, Taylor, Austin, and Riley; 14 great-grandchildren; siblings, Gilbert (Kay) Chick, Bill Chick, James Chick; and numerous nieces; nephews; brothers and sisters-in-laws. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 304 East St., in Baraboo, with Fr. Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of Mass with a rosary at 9:30 a.m. Interment will take place at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff of Oak Park Place in Baraboo for their compassionate care given to Pat during her stay. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Thursday, November 18, 2021

Jeffrey Ross Gollmar

Baraboo - Jeffrey Ross Gollmar, of Baraboo, passed away from natural causes on Monday, November 15, 2021 at his home. He was the son of Wayne and Helen (Martin) Gollmar. Jeff graduated from Baraboo High School in 1973. He attended the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire, graduating in 1978 with a double major in math and history. He taught math for 33 years at Amherst Junior and Senior High Schools in Amherst, Wisconsin. Jeff was passionate about sports, especially baseball, which he played throughout his childhood in Baraboo. He eventually coached baseball for 21 years and football for 12 years in Amherst. He was also involved with summer baseball in Baraboo. Jeff was an avid reader, particularly of the Civil War and World War II. He was known for his keen memory, infectious smile, booming laugh and kind, friendly spirit. Jeff was preceded in death by his father, Wayne; and his mother, Helen. He is survived by his brother, William Gollmar; sister-in-law, Suzanne Marchant; niece and nephew, Kathleen and Christopher Gollmar; as well as numerous cousins. A private family funeral is pending. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Thursday, November 4, 2021

Faith Lael Woods

Baraboo – Faith Lael Woods, age 17, of Baraboo, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 30, 2021 at University Hospital in Madison from injuries due to an automobile accident. Faith was born on January 9, 2004 in Rockford, IL., the daughter of Justin and Nicole “Racquel” Woods. Faith was a senior at Baraboo High School and was active in athletics with volleyball, basketball and cheerleading. She also excelled in academics making the honor roll all four years. Faith had an “outgoing” personality and enjoyed being with her family and friends. She had worked part-time at Oak Park Place, Kwik Trip, Dominos, Culvers, and especially enjoyed working at Jose’s Restaurant, where they were like a second family to her. She will be truly missed by her family and the many people that she touched. Survivors include her father and mother, Justin and Nicole “Racquel” Woods; brother, Aaron; sisters, Destiny, Merci and Glory; niece, Aspyn; nephew, Dustyn; paternal grandparents, Charles (Debbie) Williams and Terry Woods; maternal grandparents, Paul Knowlton and Denise Bennette; three aunts, Vonda, Maggie and Jasmin; cousins, family and many friends. Visitation will take place on Saturday, November 6, 2021 at Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, from 12:00 noon to 3 p.m. Faith Lael Woods 17 years young, she will be forever remembered as a legend to all her friends, family, and loved ones. Her parents are Justin Lesley Woods and Nichole “Racquel” Woods, and along with her were her sisters, Destiny Rhiannon, Merci Grace and Glory Dawn. They were all born 2 years apart starting in 2000 to 2006. We were all so close to each other growing up, everything we had we shared together. We grew up with each other and only knowing them. The Woods family grew up in a Christian home believing there is a heaven after we die. Faith always believed in God and he promises he’ll take care of her, and we believe that is true that everything she’s ever wanted and more than she could ever have gotten here is where she is now in heaven. Although it feels like God took her away from us too soon he has better plans for her. And believe she is in a place much more wonderful than anywhere on Earth. Faith believed in God and she felt safe going with him knowing she’d be everyone’s guardian angel up in heaven looking down on us all. Her absence may haunt us here but she’s holding our spots in heaven safe with her. God chose Faith because he knew we all could trust Faith. I want to start this out by saying that this tragedy 😔has completely crushed our entire family. There are no real words to describe how completely lost, devastated and destroyed we are by this and we have had a hard time reaching out to even our closest friends and extended family members. And for that I'm sorry if anyone has hurt feelings, it has just been the hardest thing our family has ever encountered.. But we love you all.. Which leads me to the next thing I have to say. We can not express our gratitude for the absolute outpouring of love and support that we have received from our family, friends and community.. We are blessed to have such supportive, loving and plain generosity that everyone has shown us and we're so grateful how much everyone has honored our beautiful Faith Lael. She was truly such a powerful force in this world .. And we are so proud that she positively impacted so many people around her.. Lastly I Would like to say I love you all and thank you so very much for being patient with us and giving us the time and space we need to try to start processing all of this. God bless The Woods Family

Monday, October 25, 2021

Caroline Louise Siberz

Baraboo - Caroline Louise Siberz, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend went to her heavenly home on Friday, October 22, 2021 at the age of 97. Caroline was born to William and Cecil Radke on July 17, 1924. She was married to Edwin “Eddie” Griffith in 1946, until his death in 1970. Caroline and Eddie had 10 children. In 1978, she married Raymond Siberz, and they just celebrated their 43rd wedding anniversary on Thursday, October 21, 2021. Caroline will be truly missed by her devoted husband, Ray; her sister, Virginia Kaney, Milwaukee; sister-in-law, Mary Radke, West Baraboo; her children, Linda Baumgarten, Baraboo, John Griffith, Milwaukee, Rose (Gary) Douglas, West Allis, Mary Steffen, Reedsburg, Connie Griffith, Baraboo, Nancy (Ken) Ender, Baraboo, Jeff Griffith, Oregon, Judy Gaffney, Baraboo, Lisa Zimmerman, Baraboo, and Jim Griffith, Baraboo; her grandchildren, Greg (Tracy) Steffen, Sarah Steffen, Bryan (Andrea) Salter, Dana McCabe, Becky Ender, Michael (Dana) Ender, Ben (Laurynda) Gaffney, Melissa Weinke, Erin (Adam Hinz) Griffith, Jacob Griffith, Daniel Griffith, Emmett Zimmerman, and her namesake, Caroline Zimmerman; 35 great-grandchildren; 8 great-great-grandchildren; many beloved nieces, nephews, Godchildren, “honorary” children, relatives and many friends. Caroline lived a beautiful, full life and left her joyous stamp on everyone she met. In the course of her 97 years, she would tell you that she had seen it all! She lived on a farm during the depression with her parents and siblings. Affectionately known as “Tommy”, she worked hard on the family farm. Her family was fortunate during the depression, and it was during that time she learned generosity and service to others. The family would share their abundance and go door to door dropping off food and gifts. Throughout her life many benefited by Caroline’s generosity. It was said that if she earned a dollar, she would keep a dime, and would give away 90 cents to someone who needed it more. No one ever went hungry when they visited her home, and there was always room for one more at the table and sometimes 2 or 3 more. Generosity and volunteerism extended throughout her life. Caroline had a passion for driving and cars, and was known for having just a slight lead foot. This love of driving translated into her driving for the Commission on Aging, taking the elderly and sick to their appointments in Madison, until she was 89 years old. Caroline was awarded Sauk County Volunteer of the Year many times. Caroline lived through WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War, September 11th, man’s first steps on the moon, TVs, cellphones, PCs, farm innovations, refrigeration, modern washers/dryers, permanent press, and the marvel of the microwave oven. All of which she had opinions and stories. She was a card shark. She played Canasta, Euchre, and Sheepshead with her family and friends, and even at national tournaments. In addition, she was Co-founder and the first President of the Sauk County Women’s Pool League, actively involved in 4-H, taught CYO/CCD at her church for years, and was famous for her homemade pies. Caroline worked very hard in her life, sometimes working 3 jobs. She enjoyed nursing at the Sauk County Health Center and St. Clare Meadows, cooking for the children at Head Start, and even occasionally bartending. Caroline’s calling was being a Mother and homemaker. Her home was always immaculately clean and neat, with people often remarking how they couldn’t believe 10 children lived there. Her children were her priority and she made time in her busy life for each one. She instilled in them, Christian values, the importance of hard work, truth, honesty, respecting your elders, empathy for others, the value in life-long learning, being open-minded, volunteerism and generosity. She did this through laughter, tears, humor, use of a middle name, the words “young lady” or the “motherly glance” that she had perfected. She used her colloquialisms “no hats at the table”, “always break your bread”, “you can always tell a lady by her hands”, and “never judge someone until you’ve walked at least 10 miles in their shoes”. She had a special place in her heart for her nieces and nephews, the neighborhood kids, and her children’s friends. Many would ask if they could be her “honorary” child. The rule was as soon as they could remember everyone’s name - they were a part of the family. Caroline was preceded in death by her late husband, Edwin Griffith; her seven siblings; her sons-in-law, James Baumgarten and Patrick Zimmerman; and infant grandson, Alex Griffith. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 304 East St., Baraboo, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 30, 2021 with Fr. Jay Poster officiating. A visitation will take place at Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, on Friday, October 29, 2021 from 4 pm to 7 pm., and on Saturday at the church from 9 a.m. until time of Mass. Interment will be held in St. Joseph Cemetery following the Mass.

Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Dean "Bun" DuBois

Baraboo – Deane “Bun” DuBois, age 96, of Baraboo, passed away on Friday, October 15, 2021 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center. Bun was born in Ableman (Rock Springs), Wisconsin, on July 5, 1925, the son of Deane and Irene (Baumgarten) DuBois Sr. Bun graduated from Baraboo High School in1943 and then enlisted in the United States Navy where he served his country during WW II in the Pacific Theatre of Operations. After his honorable discharge, Bun returned to the states and married Colleen Kaley on September 27, 1947 at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Bun worked in the family business with his two brothers, Lloyd and Al, at WR DuBois & Sons road construction until his retirement in 1981. During his retirement, Bun and Colleen enjoyed over 20 years of wintering in Florida. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and bowling, and was a lifetime member of the Baraboo Elks Club #688. Survivors include his wife of 74 years, Colleen; nephew, Dr. Jeff (Lori) Judson and Family; and nieces, Marcia DuBois, Kristi (Tim) Stone and Family, Kay Fecher, Colleen (Paul) Bell and Family; and several close friends. In addition to his parents, Bun was preceded in death by a sister, Rose; two brothers, Lloyd and Al; and a niece, Kathy. A Memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 23, 2021 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Baraboo, with Fr. Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Interment will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery with military rites provided by the Baraboo Veterans Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial may be given to St. Vincent de Paul Society or St. Joseph Catholic Church. A special thanks to Dr. Mustain and staff at St. Clare Hospital, Meadow Ridge and St. Clare Meadows. Baldwin Funeral Services is assisting the family with arrangements.