Thursday, September 22, 2022

Dennis R. Frohn

Baraboo, WI. – Dennis R. Frohn, age 81, of Baraboo, passed away on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo. Dennis was born in Chicago, IL., on January 31, 1941, the son of Robert and Drazella Frohn. In his late teens-early twenty’s, his proudest moment was that he played semi-pro basketball in the Chicago area. After moving to Baraboo in 2012, Dennis worked at various jobs in the area before retiring in 2016. Dennis is survived by a sister, Jerlynne Alexander of Baraboo; brother, Rory Fleming of Tennessee; three nieces, Justina Dyke, Jody Hill and Jezera Decot, all of Baraboo; and nephew, Bannon Alexander of Richland Center. In keeping with his wishes, no formal services will be held at this time. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., in Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Saturday, September 10, 2022

Christopher James Anderson

Merrimac, WI. - Christopher James Anderson, 76, of Merrimac, Wisconsin, completed his life on earth on June 13, 2022. He was born in Washington D.C. on February 1, 1946 the son of Jac and Kay (O’Neill) Anderson. He grew up in West Bend, Wisconsin and married Cheryl Fischer on August 31, 1968. They enjoyed a 53+ year partnership that turned out to be an extraordinary journey. Chris graduated in the West Bend High School Class of 1964, attended Lawrence University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His degrees were in Psychology and Business and he loved his career working in retail, marketing and manufacturing. Chris worked for various companies including one he owned (1979-89) and then retired in 2016 as CEO of Gaskets Inc., in Rio, Wisconsin. After moving to Baraboo in 1979, Chris was active in many area community groups including Kiwanis, the Chamber of Commerce, the local UW Alumni Club, and the Boys and Girls Club Board. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Baraboo, serving on many ministry committees over the years, enjoying the fellowship of his church family and loving to sing in the choir. In 1987, Chris and Cheryl moved to Lake Wisconsin and relished cruising in their boat and seeing the amazing lake scenery and sunsets. Chris enjoyed boating, fishing in Canada, golf, traveling, dancing to 40s big band and 60s rock music, Badger football season tickets, watching UW basketball and volleyball on television, cooking, baking, entertaining, singing in the famous Baraboo beer choir, a succession of faithful dogs and portraying Santa. Chris is survived by his wife, Cheryl, his best friend and seventh grade sweetheart. He liked to call her, Toots. Chris is further survived by his loving siblings, Steve Anderson (Barbara), Susan Barrow (Bruce), Kathie Koenig (Rich), Sara Powell, and Martha Smithback (Eric); and as well as his brother-in-law, Brian Fischer (Rita Renner). Chris treasured time spent with his siblings and four nieces and nine nephews (and their partners); and 17 grandnieces and nephews; and a remarkable group of highly regarded and fun-loving cousins, neighbors, and friends. A celebration of the life of Christopher James Anderson will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022 at the First Presbyterian Church, 416 Ash St., Baraboo, Wisconsin, with Pastor Lisa Newberry officiating. Family and friends are invited to an Irish Wake (open house) from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Baraboo Arts Center, 323 Water St., in Baraboo. In lieu of flowers or food, donations to the First Presbyterian Church or the Boys and Girls Club of Baraboo, P.O. Box 55, Baraboo, WI. 53913 or a charity of your choice are welcome and appreciated. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., in Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Saturday, September 3, 2022

Roger Lee Schluter

Baraboo, WI. - Roger Lee Schluter, age 94, of Baraboo, passed away on Tuesday, August 30, 2022 at Oak Park Place in Baraboo. Roger was born on May 23, 1928 in the township of Ironton, the son of Orra G. and Maude M. (Pearson) Schluter. He was the youngest son of four sisters and two brothers. When Roger was three years old, his family moved to a farm north of Baraboo where he attended a one room elementary school at Lower Webster Prairie before graduating from Baraboo High School. While growing up, Roger became a 4-H junior leader, won four golden gloves while boxing in high school, and was captain of the track team his senior year. Following graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps. during World War II and was trained at radar school in Boca Raton, Florida. Roger was then assigned to Offutt Air Force Base in Omaha, Nebraska, and where he became a sergeant in charge of radar maintenance and operations at the base. After his honorable discharge, Roger enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and received a degree in mechanical engineering. While attending the university, he was on the varsity gymnastics team and earned three athletic letters. During his senior year, while roller skating, he met JoAnne Avery of Madison, and married her on Oct. 10, 1953 in Madison, Wisconsin. He and JoAnne became excellent roller dancers for life. Roger was employed at the Caterpillar Tractor Company for over 33 years. He began his career in the Peoria, Illinois plant, where he worked in the experimental section and became a project engineer in charge of structure testing and stress analysis. In addition, he supervised the building of new and reproduction earth moving products. Roger then transferred to the Milwaukee experimental plant for three years, and finished his career with Caterpillar at the Aurora plant. During this time he and JoAnne were blessed with two sons, Roger James and Steven Philip. Roger and his family lived for over 25 years in Sandwich, Illinois. While living there, he was a member and past president of the Lions Club, member of the Moose Club, director of a sheltered work shop, and president of the High School Band Association. In addition, Roger belonged to the S.S.A. (Society of Automotive Engineers) and the S.E.S.A. (Society of Experiment Stress Analysis). In his spare time, Roger enjoyed playing golf, bowling on local teams, and did a lot of square dancing with JoAnne. Together, he and his family traveled considerably around the country in their motor home while on vacations. After his retirement in 1985, Roger and JoAnne moved back to Baraboo. Since then, he has belonged to the Baraboo Optimist Club and the Badger Area Technical Society. However, his main interest was his membership in the two local veteran groups; the 40 & 8 and the American Legion Post 26, where he became commander and member of the honor guard for over 12 years. In addition, he enjoyed woodworking where he made various projects for his family and members of the organizations that he belonged to. Roger is survived by his wife of 69 years, JoAnne; two sons, Roger James (Gail) Schluter and Steven Philip (Arletta) Schluter; three grandchildren; and several nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Roger was preceded in death by four sisters, Joan Rague, Catherine Crahen, Margaret Phillips and Virginia Klitzke; two brothers, Charles and Orra Schluter. Per Roger’s request, private family services will be held at a later date. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., in Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Sunday, August 21, 2022

Melvin "Mel" Wagner

Baraboo, WI. - Melvin “Mel” Wagner, 82, of Baraboo, died peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, August 20, 2022 at Agrace Hospice in Fitchburg. Mel was born on March 30, 1940 in Marshfield, WI., and was the fourth and final son to Theodore and Elizabeth Wagner. He was a 1958 graduate of Stratford High School where he met the love of his life, Mary Schoenfuss, and they were united in marriage on November 11, 1961. Mel served in the United States Navy from 1959 to 1961 on the USS Proteus (As-19) and after his honorable discharge, he worked for Case IH Agriculture, retiring at age 52. Mel enjoyed traveling, playing cards, going to the casino, spending time with his family, especially his grandkids, and truly enjoyed his wife’s cooking and baking. He will be dearly missed by his family and friends. Survivors include his beloved wife, Mary; five sons; Keith (Val) Wagner, Dave Wagner, Al Wagner, Mike (Jill Klos) Wagner, Todd Wagner; two granddaughters, Ashley and Kayla (Justin Mulder) Wagner; two grandsons, Anthony (Katie) Westphal and Justin (Jennifer) Wagner; along with his five great-granddaughters. Mel is further survived by his brother, Jim (Lois) Wagner; sisters-in-law; Florence and Jean Wagner, Elaine Hornick, MaryAnn, Nancy and Sandye Schoenfuss, Bernie Pupp, Genny (Eugene) Bornbach, Marilyn (Dick) Leonhardt and Carol (Myron) Knetter; brothers-in-law; Frank (Jean), Romie (Barb) and Jim Schoenfuss; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ted and Elizabeth, Mel was preceded in death by two brothers, Bob and Normie; in-laws, Joe and Anna Schoenfuss; and many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, other relatives and friends. A funeral Mass will be held at 12:00 p.m. noon on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Baraboo, with Fr. Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 10:30 a.m. until time of Mass. Inurnment will take place in the Veteran’s Memorial Cemetery in Union Grove, WI., at a later date. The family wishes to thank the Agrace Home Care and Hospice staff for the excellent care provided to Melvin. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., in Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

Lily "Laurie" Smith

Baraboo, WI. – Lily “Laurie” Smith, age 63, of Baraboo, passed away on Saturday, July 9, 2022 at St. Clare Meadows Care Center. She was born on May 4, 1959 in Indiana, the daughter of Johnny E. and Shirley A. (Tait) Smith. Lily is survived by her partner, William Frame; daughter, Mellissa Kelly (Jon) VanDyke; son, John Cleary; five grandchildren; three sisters, Kelly (Steve) Brumm, Charlene (Dale) Kramer, Jessica (Greg) Smith; one brother, Johnny (Delana) Smith; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Lily joined her family in heaven and in addition to her parents, was preceded in death by two sisters, Penny and Kelly Joe; and two brothers, Robert and twin, William. Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 31, 2022 at Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., Baraboo, with Rev. William “Bill” Harris officiating. Visitation will from 10:00 a.m. until time of service with inurnment in Otter Creek Cemetery, Township of Sumpter.

Saturday, August 13, 2022

Gladys Katheryn Marini

Baraboo, WI. - Gladys Katheryn (Gomon) Marini, passed away on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, just four days before her 99th birthday at Oak Park Place in Baraboo. Gladys, the daughter of the late Arthur and Rose (Bisch) Gomon, was born August 14, 1923, in Baraboo. She graduated from Baraboo High School and attended Miss Brown’s Secretarial School in Milwaukee. She retired from the Reedsburg School District Central office where she worked as a bookkeeper for over 20 years. On November 5, 1942, she was united in marriage to Frank Marini at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo. He preceded her in death on June 27, 1995. Gladys and Frank made their home in Rock Springs for almost 50 years. They enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe and visiting with friends. Gladys was an avid reader. Family was very important, and she tried to attend all the family gatherings and reunions. Gladys is survived by her children, Rita Bates of Madison, Michael (Dianne) Marini of Sheboygan, Julie (Mark) Liegel of Menomonie; nine grandchildren, Tim (Karen) Bates, Dan (Cynthia) Bates, Charlie (Ina) Bates, Sarah (Cale) Schueffner, John (Tamara) Marini, Andy (Kim) Brei, Kati (Geoff) Bares, Karla Bakkum, Jill Bakkum; 11 great-grandchildren, Persephone Bates, Eli Schueffner, Isaiah Schueffner, Sophia Marini, Fiona Marini, Ella Brei, Mia Brei, Evelyn Bares, Bianca Bares, Leo Bares and Patrick Bares; sister, Elaine Pellet; brother, Bernard (Beverly) Gomon; son-in-law, Richard Harrison of Baraboo. In addition to her husband, Frank and her parents, Arthur and Rose Gomon, Gladys was preceded in death by her father-in-law and mother-in-law, Salvatore and Bilitama Marini; daughters, Janice Bakkum and Monica Harrison; grandson, Matthew Liegel; sisters, Betty Gomon, Henrietta Marini and Vera Dwars; son-in-law, Ronald Bakkum; along with several sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law; and many other relatives and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 17, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 304 East St., Baraboo, with Fr. Jay Poster officiating. Friends may call on Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church where Gladys was a lifelong member. Burial will take place in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery following the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church or to the family to be distributed to various charitable organizations. The family wishes to thank the staff at Oak Park Place and Agrace Hospice for the excellent care provided to Gladys. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., in Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Douglas James Hau

Baraboo, WI. - Douglas James Hau, 65, passed away on Wednesday, August 3, 2022 in his home in Baraboo, WI after a battle with cancer. Doug was born on February 1, 1957 in Fond du Lac, WI. He followed in his father’s footsteps and had a successful career working with power companies throughout the mid-west, ultimately retiring as a consultant project manager in the field. Later in his life he became heavily involved with service to his faith and community. Doug was a proud member of the Knights of Columbus and involved in many of their charity works. He was especially fond of his time volunteering at Camp Gray, helping construct and manage improvements and new buildings projects, which the camp members enjoy today. Doug was an avid craftsman as he enjoyed making wood furniture for his friends and family. He was always willing to lend helping hand and he mentored many young woodworkers just beginning to learn the craft. Doug and his significant other, Mary Kemp, spent years in a loving relationship sharing their time together practicing their faith, fishing and giving back to the community. Doug was preceded in death by his father, Roger. He is survived by his partner, Mary; sons, Ben, Greg and Nick; grandson, Griffin; mother, Anna; brothers and sisters, Patty (Wes), Tim (Chris), Mary, Jim (Karen), and Sharon (Tom); niece and nephews, Rebecca, Justin, Brad, Alan, Hayden, and Nate; and many beloved friends and neighbors. A funeral Mass will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 11, 2022 at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, 304 East St., Baraboo, with Fr. Jay Poster officiating. Visitation will be at the church from 9:00 a.m. until time of Mass. A Private burial will take place in St. Joseph Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations to Camp Grey would be greatly appreciated. Baldwin Funeral Services, 520 East St., in Baraboo, is assisting the family with arrangements.