Saturday, December 7, 2019

Charlene Jane "Pixie" Cook

     

Portage/Baraboo - Charlene Jane “Pixie” Cook, age 80, of Portage, formerly of Baraboo, passed away on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019 at Tivoli Nursing Home in Portage. Charlene was born on Feb. 27, 1939 in Reedsburg, the daughter of Orine and Anna (Verch) Pixley. She was a graduate of Baraboo High School and on Feb. 20, 1964 she was united in marriage to Franklin F. Cook in Baraboo. From this union they were blessed with four children, Franklin “Frankie”, Paulette, Bobette “Bobbie” and Forrest. Charlene attended Sauk Co. Teacher’s College and was employed at the telephone company in her early years. She then joined her husband in working the family farm in Greenfield Township. Charlene was active in the community with the 4H organization, Civil Air Patrol, Wisconsin Farmer’s Union and the Sauk County Republican Women, where she received a medallion from President Reagan. In addition to community activities, Charlene had a loving devotion to the West Baraboo Church of God which she had attended since her childhood. Charlene also supported the Rock Springs Church Camp and the National Youth Conference. In her free time, Charlene enjoyed cooking, gardening, traveling and spending time with her family. She will be dearly missed by everyone who knew her. Survivors include her four children, Franklin D. (Elizabeth) Cook of Baraboo, Paulette (Daron) Smalley of Potrage, Bobette (Rory) Hinz of Hillpoint, Forrest (Amy) Cook of Waterford; nine grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 at West Baraboo Church of God, 150 Shaw St., West Baraboo, with Pastor Derick Bacon officiating. Visitation will take place at the church on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until time of service. Private family inurnment will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Wisconsin Assembly of the Church of God Camp. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Judy Kay Bruckert


Ontario, WI - Judy Kay Bruckert, age 58, of Ontario, WI., passed away on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019 at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo. Judy was born on Oct. 23, 1961 in Sauk City, the daughter of Richard and Martha (Gieck) Bruckert. She was previously married to Billy McKittrick on Aug. 8, 1988. Judy enjoyed the outdoors, crafts, and spending time with her family. Survivors include her father, Richard; two children, Tasha Bruckert (Eric Blackwood) and Crystal (Christopher "Monk" Johnson) McKittrick; step-daughter, Tonya (Zimmermann) Mortimer; adopted son, Jason Germann; grandchildren, Alyssa, Dylan and Kaylee Gonzagowski, Zayne and Alyxaira Johnson; Justin Reichhoff, Jayden Zimmermann, LynnMarie, Ian and Evann Blackwood; three sisters, Linda Lee, Sandy (Paul) Barebo, Brenda Bruckert; aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews; pets, Spike (dog) and Rocky (turtle). Judy was preceeded in death by her mother, Martha; significant other, Dwayne Linhart; grandson Jaymison Zimmermann; great-niece, Finley Olds; aunts, uncles, and cousins. Memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019 at Freedom In Christ Assembly Church, 409 4th St., Baraboo, with Pastor Randy Zeman officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 12 p.m. noon until time of service. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

 

Monday, November 18, 2019

Ruth Anne (Neiman) Chapman

Watertown/Baraboo – Ruth Anne (Neiman) Chapman, age 94, of Watertown, formerly of Baraboo, passed away on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at University Hospital and Clinics in Madison. Ruth was born on June 18, 1925 in Chippewa Falls, the daughter of Joseph and Helen (Bogumill) Neiman. She was united in marriage to Joseph John Chapman at All Saints Cathedral in Milwaukee. He preceded her in death on April 22, 1975. Ruth owned and operated a retail arts and crafts store and is survived by her son, Craig Smith. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 413 S. 2nd St., Watertown, with Reverend Elizabeth Tester officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until time of service. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo is assisting the family with arrangements. 


 

Friday, October 18, 2019

Helen M. (Hammer) Page

Helen M. (Hammer) Page, age 77, of Baraboo, passed away peacefully on Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Agrace Hospice Care Inpatient Facility in Fitchburg with her loving family by her side. Helen was born on November 20, 1941 in Scales Mound, IL to Elmer and Margaret (Kendall) Hammer. As a young child she moved to Shullsburg, WI to be raised on a farm with her parents and four siblings. Assisting her father as a farm hand later produced her tremendous hard work ethic she was well known for. Helen graduated from Shullsburg High School in 1959. Following High School she went to St. Mary's School of Nursing and graduated in 1961 with both her Nursing Degree and Radiology Technologist. She then went to Ontario, Canada to receive her certificate in cancer training. Helen moved to Baraboo for her first nursing position at St. Clare Hospital. In Baraboo she met the "love" of her life and was united in marriage to "Curt" Page Jr. on September 22, 1962 at St. Matthews Catholic Church in Shullsburg. From this union they were blessed with two children, Michael and Robin. Of her many accomplishments, Helen was voted Miss Winsome in Alice in Dairyland, she was a published poet, and a choir director for over 11 years at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Baraboo. Many remember the weddings and Christmas eve midnight masses that the guitar choir sang for. Helen was also known for helping her husband, "Curt" with the production of the Baraboo News Republic, especially the Saturday morning high school sports report. Most of Helen's working years were at Medical Associates of Baraboo. Her caring and compassionate ways were highlighted in both her medical career and all other aspects of her life. Survivors include her son, Michael (Becky) Page of Belvidere, IL; daughter, Robin (Kevin) Korneff, of Richland Center; six grandchildren, Amanda (Tom) Alderson, Margaret (Steven) Rovik, Matthew Otto (fiancee Nicole), Cory, Joshua, and Haleigh Page; four great-grandchildren, Asher, Tyler, Jase and William. Also surviving are four sisters, Patricia (Eugene) Mullen, Donna Schardt, Kay (Mike) Gile and Joan (Tom) Sheehan; and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and father and mother-in-law, Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Curt (December 16, 2016); sister-in-law, Pamela Page Kiser; brother-in-laws, Gerald Schardt and Joseph Kiser. A funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, 304 East St., Baraboo, with Father Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. Following the luncheon, private family interment will take place in Walnut Hill Cemetery, Baraboo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family. Baldwin Funeral Services is assisting the family with arrangements. The family would like to give a special thank you to the caregivers at Oak Park Place, Baraboo, Our House, Richland Center, and Agrace Hospice for the care and concern given to Helen during her stay.


 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Daniel E. "Dan" O'Brien

Daniel E. “Dan” O’Brien, 60, of Baraboo, passed away on Monday, September 23, 2019 at Agrace Hospice Center in Fitchburg. Dan was born on December 2, 1958 in Darlington, WI the son of Larry (Jane) O’Brien and Donna (Peter) Reichling. He lived in Shullsburg and graduated from Shullsburg High School in 1977. Following high school, Dan had previously worked for the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and later at Ho-Chunk Casino as a supervisor until health issues came about. On September 15, 2001, Dan married Denita Benson. He was an avid sports fan of the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers. Survivors include his wife, Denita of Baraboo; son, David Tuescher of Cassville; step-children, Jami, Danielle, Sarah and Ben; step-mother, Jane of Baraboo; siblings, Mike (Theresa) O’Brien of Darlington, Diane (Rich) Grindey and Shawn O’Brien of Shullsburg; step-brothers, Rick (Denise) Rolli, Dan Rolli; step-sister, Pam (Dan) Johnson; uncles, Paul (Virginia) O’Brien of Rockford, Pat O’Brien of Janesville; aunt, Joan Page of Milwaukee; and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. A funeral Mass will be celebrated for Dan at 11 a.m. on Friday, October 11, 2019 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 304 East St., Baraboo, with Fr. Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Friday, October 11, 2019 from 10 a.m. until time of Mass. Private family inurnment will take place at a later date. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.


 

Monday, September 23, 2019

Ingeborg Magarete (Luda) Vinicky

 

Ingeborg Magarete (Luda) Vinicky, known by her friends as Inge Smaha, 93, of Baraboo, passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center. She was born on Dec. 2, 1925 in Lipzig, Germany, the daughter of Maximillan and Marta (Schadlid) Luda. Inge was raised in the circus life and began her performing career in 1937 in a roller skating act called the “Champions”. The Troup was well known in Germany and throughout Europe where they received honors for best performers. She moved to Spain in 1941 and continued on tour for the next four years. In 1946, Inge met her husband, Antonin Vinicky while touring with the Apollo Circus, and together they began working with horses and elephants in the circus shows. They moved to Australia in 1950, and toured in the Wirth Circus until 1955 when the family came to the United States with the King Brothers Circus. They settled in Baraboo in 1961 with the Wilbur Deppe and his “Old Time Circus”. Throughout her life, Inge performed with various circus acts in the United States, Canada and Mexico, with many of the highlights being presented on the Jackie Gleason, Ed Sullivan and Royal Lipizzan Stallion shows. She made Baraboo her home when not performing on the road. Inge is survived by her granddaughter, Regina Vinicky Smaha; daughter-in-law, Rena Vinicky Smaha; goddaughter, Stephanie Bredesen; and Inge’s “Little Poopalie”, Kirsten Booth and other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents and husband; Inge was preceded in death by three sons, Pero, Antonin Jr. and Jenda; grandson, Christian; brother, Rudolph; two sisters, Elfriede and Traudel. A memorial visitation for Inge will take place from 10 a.m. until 12 p.m. noon on Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 followed by a time of sharing memories at Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo. Pastor Lisa Newberry will officiate. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Circus World Museum.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Shirley M. Wolterstorff

Shirley M. Wolterstorff, 85, of Baraboo, passed away on Friday, August 16, 2019 at Divine Rehabilitation and Nursing in Lodi with family at her side. Shirley was born on July 21, 1934 in St. Paul, Minnesota, daughter of Lloyd and Alta Mae Linaman. Shirley graduated from St. Paul Park High School in 1952. She met the love of her life, Donald A. Wolterstorff through friends in the 4-H Club. She and Don were married on September 27, 1952. They moved to Fairbanks, Alaska where Don was in the United States Army for two years and their first “D”, Deana was born. She and Don returned to Minnesota in 1955. The growing “family of Ds” moved to Baraboo in 1960 as a result of Don’s job with the Fuller Brush Co. One year later, they completed “the five Ds”, Deana, Denise, Don Jr., Donna and Darla. Shirley was very active in the Baraboo school system lunch program, and later became Don’s secretary for the many years he worked in the insurance business. Shirley and her family provided foster care from the early 1970’s until 2012. She was active with the Special Olympics and Able Trek Tours. As a member of First United Methodist Church and later, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Shirley incorporated her love of cooking and quilting to benefit the community and beyond. She was strong in her faith and enjoyed her bible studies. Shirley was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother who will be dearly missed. Survivors include her children, Deana (Frank) Herzer, Denise (David) Klemm, Donald “Butch” (Debbi) Wolterstorff, Donna (Christopher) Klahn and Darla Greenwood; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Don; three brothers; two sisters; her parents; foster sons, Scott A. Showalter and Walter J. “Wally” Wachowitz III. A celebration of Shirley’s life will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, September 27, 2019 at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 727 8th St., Baraboo, with Pastor Karen Hofstad officiating. Visitation will take place at the church on Friday from 12 p.m. noon until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the family. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.