Thursday, March 26, 2020

Francis "Frank, Frankie" Eugene Belka

Francis “Frank, Frankie” Eugene Belka, 81, formerly of DeForest, passed away on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center in Baraboo, as God's Will was done. Frank was born on June 4, 1938 to Joseph and Tillie Belka, Plainfield, WI. He worked both as a skilled welder at Metaskills, formerly in Middleton, as well as a United States Veteran in the Army and Air Force Reserves for over 30 years. Frank was a long-legged man among men. A gentle man. A true quiet man and thinker. Besides being a provider to his family, Frank was a gambling, keno, euchre and cribbage enthusiast and enjoyed many trips with his beloved wife. He was a stock-exchange watcher. A bird (in particular bluejays) and squirrel watcher. The best tomato and vegetable gardener. Dog sitter. A fisherman. Green Bay Packer fan. A beer-n-brandy-hold-the-barstool-down man. A Sunday country-ribs-on-the-grill man. He was a lover of orange pop, his wife's Thanksgiving stuffing and turkey drumsticks as well as Mary's favorite, ginger molasses cookies which played second fiddle to his favorite: oatmeal raisin cookies; both made by his favorite daughter in law. Survivors include his favorite, one and only break-the-mold son, Michael and his wife, JoEllyn (Blau) Belka of Merrimac; brother-in-law, John Piotroski of Texas; and many wonderful nieces and nephews. Frank was preceded in death by the love of his life, Mary; his parents; and brother-in-law, Jim Piotroski of Texas. Frank had several siblings including Mandley Belka, Esther Belka (Ed Mosako), Molly Belka (Arnold Armbricht), Betty Belka, Joyce Belka and Barb Belka (Jim Walker). A celebration of Frank’s life will be held at a later date. The family would like to thank the staff at the St. Clare Meadows who stood fast by "Crankie Frankie" despite his testing many of their patience through the years; especially Dr. Mustain, Kristi, Charlotte, the girls at the cafĂ© and the several staff who saw to him through to life eternal, giving care and kindness the family could not provide. All who knew Frank were blessed for the gift of him. Mike and JoEllyn rejoice, as Dad “Frankie” is fully whole and healed, next to his dear Mary in heaven, as they drink brandy and play euchre with the family and friends before him. The night sky is brighter as they both guide from the stars above. A softer and more gentle soul will be hard to find~thank you…


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

James "Jim" Norman Hanson

Baraboo - James “Jim” N. Hanson, age 82, of Baraboo, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 15, 2020 at St. Clare Hospice House surrounded by his loving family. Jim was born on Nov. 27, 1937 in Fertile, Minnesota, the son of Norman and Myrtle (Westad) Hanson. He was delivered by his father and grandmother in their log home. Jim was known for his warm smile and ability to strike up a conversation with people of all ages. He began his professional life as an educator, later becoming a salesman for Cenex. Soon after moving to Baraboo with his family, Jim worked for Sauk County in Land Conservation and later with Planning and Zoning. Even though Jim was a dedicated professional, his family was the most important to him. Jim is survived by his wife of 44 years, Mary Jane; eight children, Mike (Fawn) Barman, Brenda (Craig) Frank, Karen Hanson Hertel, Gary Hanson, Barb (Scott) Baker, Todd (Brenda) Barman, Kelly (Robert) Bostedt, Anita (Vito) LoCricchio; 22 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Jim is also survived by his brother, Ron (Rachel) Hanson; and two sisters, Janice (Jim) Fuglseth and Sue (Bill) Anderson. In addition to his parents, Norman and Myrtle, Jim was preceded in death by a son, Mark Barman; grandson, Kristopher Hertel; and great-grandson, Grayson Thiry; two sisters, Arlene and Hartman, Myrna and Marlin. Jim would say with pride, “Mary Jane and I have three and a half-dozen children!” (nine total). He was a true Norwegian…… fond of lutefisk and lefsa and sayings such as Jeg Elsker Deg (I Love You). He loved the outdoors and creating special memories with his family. He especially loved his wife, Mary Jane, who was his loving partner, supporter and soulmate. A warm thank you goes out to Dr. Randy Krszjzaniek and the hospital nurses at St. Clare Hospital and to Hospice House in Baraboo for their compassionate and excellent care. A Private Family Funeral Service will be held at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo. Burial will take place in Highland Memory Garden in Cottage Grove. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Baraboo. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Wyatt Allen Landphier

North Freedom – Wyatt Allen Landphier, age 2 ½ , of North Freedom passed away unexpectedly on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. Wyatt was born on July 17, 2017 in Prairie du Sac the son of Thomas A. and Gabrielle Landphier. Wyatt had many favorite activities. He loved playing with cars, dinosaurs, playing outside with his big brother Reid, his best friends Shelbee and Leo Pekala. He also enjoyed making messes to play in, and loved to clean them up. Wyatt’s favorite foods were pizza, biscuits and gravy, juice, cake and oranges. Through all of this fun, Wyatt’s stuffed dino and froggy rarely left his side. In addition to his parents, Wyatt is survived by a brother, Reid of North Freedom; grandfather, Thomas Landphier; and several aunts, uncles and cousins. Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, with the Rev. Mark Detter officiating. Visitation will be at the funeral home on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until time of service.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

William "Bill" Everett Hawkins

Ft. Meyers, FL. - William “Bill” Everett Hawkins, age 96, of Ft. Myers, FL, passed away at home on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. Bill was born on Oct. 22, 1923 in Oconto, the son of Everett and Marion (Menes) Hawkins. After moving to Baraboo at the age of five, Bill graduated from Baraboo High School and enlisted in the United States Army Air Force during World War II. He proudly served in the 33rd Photo Reconnaissance Squadron in Europe. After the war, he relocated to Kenosha where he met and married Edna Mae Hallen.  Married 61 years, they loved to travel and attended every WWII squadron reunion until they were not physically able. Bill worked in construction as a member of the Laborer’s Union, retired, and then worked for AMC Motors (Chrysler). After this second retirement, they moved to Ft. Myers, FL. Bill always made time for his family and friends and loved to hunt and fish. His greatest love was to tell stories. All clean jokes and tailored to the individual. Bill was preceded in death by his wife, Edna; three brothers, Eugene, Russell (Audrey) and Robert (Marge) of Baraboo; two sisters, Lois (Louis) Borck of Wisconsin Dells, Charlene Schulz of Reedsburg; and his son, Keith of Kenosha. Survivors include three daughters, Diane, Linda and Lori; grandson, Raymond; brother-in-law, Gil Schulz; as well as many nieces and nephews. Graveside services will take place at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at Walnut Hill Cemetery, Baraboo. Military rites will be conducted by the Baraboo Veterans Honor Guard. A luncheon and visitation will follow at Glacier Rock restaurant. Baldwin Funeral Services is assisting the family with arrangements.





Elinor (Gleash) Chalmers

Baraboo – Elinor (Gleash) Chalmers, age 79, of Baraboo, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020 at UW Hospital in Madison. Heaven gained another angel this week, as after a sudden illness, Elinor was called home to tend God’s garden. Elinor was born and raised in Baraboo, the daughter of Lawrence “Pat” and Alice (Graves) Gleash, and took great pride in where she came from. She was a 1959 graduate of Baraboo High School, and on December 29, 1962 was united in marriage to Albert “Doug” Chalmers at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church. From this union they had three children, Alan, Andrew and Susanne. Elinor took great pride in her children and grandchildren and all their accomplishments and achievements, big or small. She was the type of mom that would take on the world for any one of her kids, always have their back, and be the first one to “call them out” when they needed it. She never made anyone doubt the love that she had for you and she knew that nobody was perfect and never asked anyone to be. Elinor loved you, warts and all. Elinor was an avid bowler who was still active in the Baraboo bowling scene. She was a member of the Koffee Klutchers bowling league and served as secretary for many years. In her spare time, she enjoyed bird watching, caring for stray cats, crafting and cooking. She will be truly missed by her family and many friends. Survivors include her three children, Alan (Heather) Chalmers of Elkhorn, Andrew (Kris) Chalmers of Baraboo, Sue Chalmers of Baraboo; two grandchildren, Darren Chalmers of Elkhorn, Katie Chalmers of Baraboo; sister, Lorraine (Merrill) Draper of Bassett; brother, Patrick (Annalee) Gleash of Baraboo; nieces, nephews, other relatives and countless friends. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 6, 2020 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 304 East St., Baraboo, with Fr. Jared Holzhuter officiating. Visitation will take place on Thursday, March 5, 2020 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, and at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of service. Private inurnment will be held in St. Joseph Cemetery in the spring. As Elinor was such an incredible lover of animals, the family asks that in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Sauk County Humane Society. The family would like to express a heartfelt “thank you” to the staff at St. Clare Hospital ER, Baraboo Area District Ambulance Service and the Neurology Department of UW Hospital, Madison, for the exceptional care given to Elinor. In addition, an extra special “thank you” to RN Michael, who gave comfort, understanding, humor, and most importantly brought peace to the difficult decisions that were presented. You may never know how far the ripples of your good deeds reach, or what your kind and understanding words mean to someone in a time of trouble. Thank you!

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Gerald "Jerry" Edward Hewitt

Baraboo – Gerald “Jerry” Edward Hewitt, age 82, of Baraboo, passed away on Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 at his residence. Jerry was born in Baraboo on Feb. 21, 1937 the son of Howard and Ruth (Feltz) Hewitt. He was a graduate of Baraboo High School and a veteran of the United States Army serving his country during the Korean War. After his honorable discharge, Jerry was employed at Badger Ordnance Army Ammunitions Plant. He had a love of country music and enjoyed lending a helping hand to his neighbors when needed. Survivors include his four children, Dawn Jenkins, Susan Dailey, Cory Hewitt, Jason Kieffer; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four sisters, Peggy, Helen, Dorothy, Evie; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by a brother, Robert; three sisters, Ellie, Dee, and Audrey; and a niece, Sandy Fulcer. A Memorial visitation will be held from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020 at Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo.

Monday, February 17, 2020

Reverend Monsignor Orra Charles Schluter

Baraboo - Reverend Monsignor Orra Charles Schluter, 75, of Baraboo, entered eternal life on February 16, 2020 at the age of 75, at Ascension Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  He was born on February 4, 1945 in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and is predeceased by his parents, Charles and Frances (Ellison) Schluter and sister-in-law, Patricia. After attending St. Joseph Parish Catholic Grade School, Baraboo, Wisconsin, Msgr. Schluter attended public High School in Baraboo. He started his collegiate studies at Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History. He studied for a master’s degree in history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He attended St. Francis Major Seminary, Saint Francis, Wisconsin, where he earned a Masters in Divinity in Theology. Msgr. Schluter was ordained to the sacred priesthood by The Most Reverend Cletus F. O’Donnell, Bishop of Madison, on May 26, 1978 at St. Raphael Cathedral, Madison. He received Papal Honors through Investiture as a Prelate of Honor (Monsignor) on May 20, 2005. Msgr. Schluter was a Veteran of the United States Army serving his country from 1968 to 1970. Msgr. Schluter began serving in the Diocese of Madison as a Parochial Vicar at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Madison, and St. Paul Catholic University Parish, Madison.  He then became an instructor at Holy Name Seminary for 10 years before becoming Administrator of St. Philomena Parish, Belmont, with the missions of St. Michael Parish, Calamine and Immaculate Conception Parish, Truman.  Msgr. Schluter then was Pastor of St. Barnabas Parish, Mazomanie, with the mission of St. John the Baptist Parish, Mill Creek; St. Mary Parish, Platteville; St. Augustine Parish, Platteville; and St. Peter Parish, Madison, from which he retired in 2019. During his years of service to the Diocese of Madison, Msgr. Schluter served as a Chair of the Presbyteral Council; as a member of the Diocesan Golden Jubilee Central Committee; as State Court Chaplain – Catholic Daughters of the Americas; as Diocesan Archivist; and as Director of the Office of Continuing Education for Priests. Survivors include four siblings, Gary (Sandra) Schluter, Eric Schluter, Jean (George) Cooper, Mary (Jim) Friesen; nieces, nephews and many friends. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 304 East Street in Baraboo, Wisconsin, on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 11:00 am. The Most Reverend Donald J. Hying, Bishop of Madison, will celebrate the Holy Mass, with The Reverend Monsignor Daniel T. Ganshert as homilist.  Visitation will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Wednesday, February 19, 2020 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Thursday, February 20, 2020 from 9:00 a.m. until the start of the Holy Mass.  Burial will take place at St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Baraboo, Wisconsin, with military honors. A funeral luncheon will take place in the parish hall after the burial. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the ALS Association Wisconsin Chapter, 3333 North Mayfair Rd., Suite 104, Wauwatosa, WI 53222-2319 or Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.