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 at Circus World Museum in the spring. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Monday, November 26, 2018
Delbert A. McGregor, Jr., 96, of Baraboo, lifelong fan of chocolate, coca-cola, and early jazz, died on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 at Meadow Ridge Assisted Living. He was born on Sept. 28, 1922 in Antigo, WI to Delbert and Pearl (Nelson) McGregor, Sr., and he spent his youth primarily in Eagle River. Unable to serve in World War II due to deafness in one ear, Del moved to Washington to work in the navy shipyards where he began his professional career as an electrician. He moved to Baraboo after the war and there met his wife, Mary Poole, whom he married in 1947. Other than a brief time residing in Chippewa Falls, they made Baraboo their home. Del was a proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for over 65 years, and he worked primarily in Madison. Through layoffs and strikes, his dedication to the union never wavered even in the face of personal and family hardship. After Mary died in 2014, Del moved to Oak Park Place in Baraboo, where he enjoyed the company of many old and new friends. As his health deteriorated over the past few months, he was well cared for at St. Clare Meadows and Meadow Ridge Assisted Living. In addition to his parents and his wife, Mary, Del was preceded in death by his brother, Richard of Eau Claire. Del is survived by his daughter, Sara McGregor (Bob) Harding of Platteville, son, Tom (Anita Gallucci) McGregor of Madison; grandchildren, Sam and Ben Kleefisch, and Liana McGregor. Also surviving are many good friends and acquaintances that he wishes he could have spent more time with. A Memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 at the First Presbyterian Church, 416 Ash St., Baraboo, with Pastor Lisa Newberry officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of service. Interment will take place in Walnut Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Agrace Hospice or the First Presbyterian Church. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Saturday, November 24, 2018
Pardeeville - On Sunday, Nov. 4, 2018, the world lost a beloved son, brother, husband and defender of freedom when Aureliano “AJ” Salas Jr. lost his valiant three-plus year battle with cancer at just 40 years old. Born in Harvey, Illinois, Dec. 16, 1977, AJ moved to Wyocena Wisconsin and graduated from Pardeeville High School. He went on to the University of Wisconsin where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. AJ served over 22 years in the Wisconsin Air National Guard and the Air National Guard of the United States where he earned awards from the US Air Force, US Army, US Navy, USMC and NATO. AJ retired from service on Oct. 28, 2018. His career in the military had many duties and accomplishments, including being a defender of disabled veterans to aid in securing and protecting their hard-earned benefits. AJ also performed many humanitarian services and volunteered whenever needed for various noble causes. AJ is survived by both his parents, Marlene and Aureliano Salas Sr; his wife, Neeq; his siblings, Kimberly, Edward, Michelle, and Eviler; his beautiful service dog, Maggie; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. A church service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018 at St. Mary Catholic Church, 318 S. Main St, Pardeeville. Interment will take place at Arlington National Cemetery in the spring. Anyone wishing to honor AJ is encouraged to help volunteer time to help veterans, donate to the Wounded Warrior Project or to a charity of your choice. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Monday, November 19, 2018
Arline E. (Volbrecht) Wegner, 98, of Baraboo, formerly of Milwaukee, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018 at Oak Park Place in Baraboo. Arline, birth name Elenore Zacher, was born on April 2, 1920 in Milwaukee. She was adopted shortly thereafter through The Lutheran Children’s Friend Society of Wisconsin, by Meta (Wieland) and Louis Volbrecht who was a coffee merchant. Arline was raised in Cudahy and graduated from Cudahy Senior High School in 1938. On April 18, 1942 Arline was united in marriage to Lt. Edmund John Wegner. Eddie was part of the “Flying Badgers” and a Navy air instructor at Glenview Illinois Naval Training Center. He preceded Arline in death on Dec. 2, 1943. As a single mom, Arline had the business skills, financial savvy and “grit” to support her mother and daughter. She eventually purchased a car and a home on Quincy Avenue in Milwaukee near General Mitchell Field Airport. Arline worked for Perfex Corporation in Milwaukee as a bookkeeper/machine operator. She then entered the accounting field at Ladish Company in Cudahy, a metal forging shop and important contributor to NASA space vehicles. Attending night school, Arline honed her typing and shorthand skills eventually becoming an executive secretary at Ladish Company. She retired in 1982 after 26 years of service. Arline was a long-time member of Ascension Lutheran Church, Milwaukee, where she sang in the choir. A soprano soloist, Arline added her voice to the candlelight concerts, the Choir Capers, and on tour in Germany and Austria in 1989. Always an advocate of the “arts”, Arline supported and chaperoned many Lake Band activities, of which her daughter was a member. She also attended oil painting classes in the 1970’s and had a talent of painting beautiful landscapes. In addition, she enjoyed swimming and was a Milwaukee Senior Olympics Breast Stroke winner in 1995. Arline loved the water and was often seen donning her cap and goggles to swim laps. Survivors include a daughter, Sandra Jeanne Perry of Baraboo; two grandchildren, Kari Choi (Zack) Billings of Pewaukee and Soon-Chul Choi of San Francisco, California. A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, November 30, 2018 at Oak Park Place, 800 Waldo St., Baraboo, in the Bluffview room, with Pastor Karen Hofstad officiating. Private interment will take place in Arlington Park Cemetery, Greenfield. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of Arline’s charities; the Alzheimer’s and Dementia Alliance in South Central Wisconsin or Concerts on the Square UW Baraboo/Sauk County or to a charity of one’s choice. The family would like to extend a special thank you to all the staff and volunteers at Oak Park Place, Baraboo, especially those working in Autumn Lane. We know that Arline could be feisty at times, but she always had a song in her heart. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018
Marjorie L. Rose, 69, of Baraboo, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 at her residence. She was born on Aug. 8, 1949 in Mauston, the daughter of Victor and Irene (Applegate) Winker. In 1969, Marjorie was united in marriage to Leonard Rose in Wauzeka. Marjorie was a homemaker most of her life and loving mother to her four children, Rebecca, Katherine, Lyle and Bruce. She enjoyed crocheting, cooking, gardening and visiting with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends. Survivors include her four children, Rebecca (Kenneth) Rogge, Katherine Rose, Lyle Rose, Bruce Rose (Cathy Funcke); seven grandchildren, Abigail Rose (Trevor Tennant), Stephanie Rose (Brandon) Coleman, Dillon Rogge, Kara Cook, Katrina Cook and Tyler Cook, Devon Rose; five great-grandchildren, Easton Coleman, Alden Tennant, Layna and Delia Coleman, and Jack Tennant; brother, Larry (Karen) Applegate; sister, Janet Ganther; and many nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Allen and Victor Winker. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018 at New Life Community Advent Christian Church, 1919 Elizabeth St., Baraboo, with Pastor Jessie Stevens officiating. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until time of service. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Robert “Bob” James Gaedke, 57, of Baraboo, died on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018 of natural causes. A fellow brother in Christ Jesus, Bob was born on July 12, 1961 in Fullerton, California, the son of Bill Gaedke, 1924-2005 and Betty (Klein) Gaedke, 1926-1997. Bob loved helping others and had an innate ability to fix almost everything that needed fixing. He also enjoyed cooking and always made his world-famous cookies for his friends (they really were sent around the world). He enjoyed preparing family holiday meals and always made his classic pineapple stuffing for all to enjoy. Bob truly believed in helping his fellow brothers and sisters, and felt it as a calling that was part of his purpose here on earth. He served as Master of the Baraboo Masonic Lodge #34 F & A.M. and the Wisconsin Dells Masonic Lodge #124 F & A.M. Survivors include his older sister, Diane (Joe) Zirger; his brother, John (Janet) Gaedke, and his sister, Patrice “Patty” (Vinny) Maniaci. In addition to his mother and father, Bob was preceded in death by his older sister, Larraine. A Masonic Memorial service and Celebration of Bob’s life will take place at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018 at the Baraboo Masonic Lodge #34 F. & A.M., 108 2nd Ave., Baraboo, with Master Marty Blake officiating. Visitation will be at the lodge from 6 p.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, gifts to the Salvation Army or to the family would be much appreciated. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Bob isn’t feeling pain anymore and he has a new job and a new Boss up in Heaven. His family truly loves him and we celebrate all the amazing things he was able to accomplish during his short life. We are very grateful that God blessed us with having a brother like Bob and he will always be remembered and always be in our hearts!