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Ableman, William. William Ableman, the only remaining brother of the late Col. Stephen Ableman, founder of the village of Ableman, died March 30, 1895, at his home near Monroe, Green County, aged nearly 95 years.

 Abraham, De Forest “Frosty”. DeForest "Frosty" Abraham, age 82 of Baraboo, Wisconsin, formerly of Lyndon Station, Wisconsin died Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at St. Clare Meadows of Baraboo. Funeral services will be held Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 10:30 A.M. at the Conway-Picha Funeral Home in Lyndon Station, Wisconsin with Reverend Richard Bonney officiating. Burial will be at the Lyndon Station Village Cemetery. Frosty was born September 1, 1919 in Mount Hope, Wisconsin the son of Delford and Alma (Rogers) Abraham. He had been in construction most all of his life and worked in the Wheaton, Illinois area from 1956 to 1976. He then moved to Lyndon Station and worked at Big Joe Manufacturing until the time of his retirement in 1984. Frosty is survived by his wife, Florene; a son, Loren Abraham of Richland Center, Wisconsin; daughters, Bette (Gary) Whited of Madison, Wisconsin and Judi Abraham of California; stepdaughter, Patricia (Dwayne) Mead of Michigan; a brother in law, Thomas (Evelyn) O'Hearn of Sparta, Wisconsin; 2 nieces, Kay Sarris of Montfort, Wisconsin and Fae (Edward) McLean of Seneca, South Carolina; 7 grandchildren and 5 step grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren and 11 step great grandchildren; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters, Leta and Florence. Visitation will be held at the Conway Picha Funeral Home on Friday from 4 to 8 P.M. and on Saturday from 9:30 A.M. until the time of service at 10:30.

Adams, Erma. Erma Adams, age 87 of Baraboo, Wisconsin and formerly of Lake Delton, Wisconsin died peacefully Tuesday, August 5, 2003 at St. Clare Hospital in Baraboo with her family by her side. Memorial funeral services will be held Sunday, August 10, 2003 at 2:00 P.M. at Holy Cross Episcopal Church in Wisconsin Dells with Reverend Diane Markevitch officiating. Her cremains will be interred at Lake Delton Village Cemetery. Erma was born September 30, 1915 in Baraboo, Wisconsin the daughter of Glen and Clista (Bower) Simons. She attended Baraboo and Wisconsin Dells Public Schools. She married Vincent "Tim" Murray in November 1936 and he preceded her in death in September 1975. She later married Mackey Adams in June 1991. He also preceded her in death in 1994. Erma was a devoted and faithful member of her church and she loved and was loved by her family and extended family. Erma is survived by a son, Vincent "Dale" Murray of Lake Delton; daughters, Donna (Greg) Georgeson of Reedsburg, Wisconsin and Clista McAllister of lake Delton; grandchildren, Heather Churchill, Collin (Amy) McAllister and Matthew (Carrie) Georgeson, four great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Carolyn (Jim) Craig, Lois (Gene) Droes and Mackey (Kathy) Adams; seven step-grandchildren and six step great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husbands; a sister, Evaline Moon and a brother, Jack Simons. Visitation will be held at Holy Cross Episcopal Church on Sunday, August 10, 2003 from 1 P.M. until the time of service at 2 P.M. In lieu of flowers memorials of remembrance may be given to Holy Cross Episcopal Church or to the charity of choice. The Picha Funeral Home and Crematory of Lake Delton, Wisconsin assisted the family with arrangements. For On-line condolences and information, go to

Albers, Mabel A. Mabel A. Albers, age 97, died on November 5, 2002, at the Edward Snyder Memorial Home in Reedsburg. She was born on August 27, 1905 in Honey Creek Township, Sauk County, Wisconsin, to August and Anna (Buelow) Klukas. On October 26, 1924 she was married to Herman Albers at St. John's Lutheran Church, Leland, Wisconsin. Together they farmed in the Rock Springs, Wisconsin area. They were supporters of the Reedsburg Old Settlers Association and the Rock Springs Memorial Community Center. He preceded her in death on April 15, 1970, after which time she moved to Reedsburg. Mabel was a member of Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church, Reedsburg. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and five sisters, Ella Herritz, Irma Herritz, Emma Moore, Sena Bloedau, and Gertrude Klukas. She is survived by her son, Melvin (Jean) Albers of Madison, one grandson, James Albers of Overland Park, Kansas, and two great-grand-daughters, Nicole Albers, Belton, Missouri, and Courtney Albers, Kansas City, Missouri, a special nephew, Virgil (Elaine) Herritz of Madison, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services for Mabel A. Albers will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 9, 2002 at the Hoof Funeral Home, 312 North Park Street, Reedsburg, with Pastor Tod Vertz officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery, North Freedom. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. at the Hoof Funeral Home on Friday, November 8. Memorials of remembrance may be made to the Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church or the Edward Snyder Memorial Home. The Hoof Funeral Home is serving the family.
Alwin, Wilma I. Wilma I. Alwin, age 82 of Baraboo, passed away on Tuesday, August 5, 2003 at St. Clare Meadows in Baraboo. She was born on April 27, 1921 in Old Newport, Wisconsin, to Emery and Doris Tucker. Wilma had been employed in various positions by Central Wisconsin Center, Badger Ammunition, and Wisconsin State Parks. She had also been a security guard; although her positions as bus driver and crossing guard for the Baraboo School District gave her her greatest pleasure as she thoroughly loved children. Wilma also enjoyed playing her Hammond organ and her various pets. She was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Baraboo. Wilma is survived by 5 stepchildren, Mike (Patsy) Alwin of Madison, Mary (Bill) Wickus of Cross Plains, Nancy (Tom) Wheeler of Whitehall, MT, Carol (Fred) Radtke of St. Germaine and Patricia Watts of Santa Ana, CA; 13 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren; her sister, LaVonne Lee of Beaver Dam; 2 sisters-in-law, Alice Tucker of Wisconsin Dells and Dawnine Christopherson of Prairie du Sac; 9 nieces and nephews and their families; other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her two husbands, Walter Ackley and LaVerne Alwin; her parents, Emery and Doris Tucker; and a brother, Lloyd Tucker. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, August 11, 2003 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Baraboo with Pastors Deb and Steve Ohrtman officiating. Burial will take place in Walnut Hill Cemetery. Friends may call on Sunday, August 10th, from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo; and at the church on Monday, from 10:00 a.m. until the time of services.

Andersen, Andrew J. Andrew J. Andersen, age 57 of Baraboo, passed away on Friday evening, October 31, 2003, following an automobile accident. Andrew, the son of Raymond and Virginia (Dawson) Andersen, was born on October 7, 1946 in Hazel Green, Wisconsin. He was united in marriage to Elizabeth Porter on December 19, 1970. Andrew was a veteran of the Korean War, having served in the US Air Force with the Military Police. He had been employed as an outside plant technician for CenturyTel. He was a member of the Greenwood Memorial VFW Post # 987 in Baraboo. Andrew was an avid hunter and fisherman; and especially enjoyed spending time with his grandson, Andy. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Andersen of Baraboo; 2 daughters, Heather and Heidi Andersen, both of Baraboo; 3 grandchildren, Andrew Joseph Andersen, Stephanie Katherine Olcikas, and Zachary Micheal Olcikas; his parents, Raymond and Virginia Andersen of Phillips, WI; 1 brother, James Andersen of Stoughton, WI; 2 nephews, Noel and Micah Andersen; his mother-in-law, Eileen Porter of Wisconsin Rapids, WI; other relatives and friends. Andrew was preceded in death by his grandparents. A memorial service will be held at a later date. The Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo is assisting the family.

Anstett, Fredrick “Fred” A. Fredrick "Fred" A. Anstett, age 84, of North Freedom, Wisconsin, passed away on Tuesday, October 8, 2002 at St. Clare Hospital. He was born on February 10, 1918 in Senere, Saskatchewan, Canada, the son of Fred A. and Mary Agnes (Devine) Anstett. He married Edith Schulze on March 4, 1946 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo. He was a rural mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for over 30 years. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II. Fred was an infantryman and participated in the invasions of North Africa, Sicily, and the Italian mainland at Anzio. During the campaign at Anzio, he was wounded and received the Purple Heart Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, the BPOE Lodge #688 and the North Freedom American Legion Post #172. He was preceded in death by his parents. Fred is survived by his loving wife, Edith of North Freedom; his children, Frank (Lois) of North Freedom, Susan (Terry) Burroughs of Baraboo, Dennis (JoEllen) of North Freedom, John (Sandra) of North Freedom, Cynthia (Michael) Kaufman of Baraboo, and Julie (Paul) Hasenstab of Milton; 14 grandchildren, Greg (Jennifer)Anstett, Kelly (Andy) Zimmer, Michael (Debra) Burroughs, Patrick (Dana) Burroughs, Jennifer (fiance Jeff Gorder) Burroughs, Dan, Kyle, Grace, Nicholas, and Ashley Anstett, Emily and Nathan Kaufman, and Adam Hasenstab; 7 great grandchildren, Casey and Sam Anstett, Adeline and Chloe Zimmer, and Alyssa, Aaron and Sophia Burroughs; his brothers and sisters, Chester Anstett of Madison, Roy Anstett of Tacoma, Wash., Mrs. Viola Nyquist of Moorhead, Minn., Emmett (Sally) Anstett of Omro, Wis., Arlene (Les) Pedersen of Kalamazoo, Mich., Ralph Anstett of Milwaukee, Wis., Gerald (Irene) Anstett of Winter, Wis., and Jack (Sue) Anstett of Menomonee Falls, Wis.; and many other relatives and friends. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church on Saturday, October 12, 2002, at 10:30 a.m. with Father Gerald P. Vosen officiating. Interment will take place in Oak Hill Cemetery in North Freedom with military honors accorded at the grave. There will be a visitation at the church on Friday from 6-8:00 p.m. and also on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. The Rago Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

Apostol, Thomas. Thomas Apostol, age 71, of Waupaca, passed away on Monday, Dec. 31, 2001 at Riverside Medical Center in Waupaca. Tom was born on May 29, 1930, in Baraboo, WI, the son of the late George and Helen (Maureas) Apostol. Tom married Cora (Smith) Jensen on Sept. 16, 1961 in Woodstock, Ill., and she preceded him in death in February 1992. Tom had worked as a Dental Lab Technician for many years and was a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War. Tom is survived by a stepson, Harold "Buzz" (Lil) Jensen of Elroy, WI; four grandchildren, Terry Jensen, Richard Jensen, William Jensen and Nichole Kocovsky; 6 greatgrandchildren; and his nephews, Evan, George and Demetri Drivas and families, and a niece, Elaine Drivas. Tom was preceded in death by 2 sisters, Penelope Drivas and Bessie Lecometros, and a brother, Chris. Funeral services were held Saturday, Jan. 5, 2002, at 11 a.m. at Holly Funeral Home in Waupaca, with the Rev. Jonathan Sachs officiating. Burial was in Crystal Lake Memorial Park, Crystal Lake, Ill.

Arndt, Harold “Rube” H. Harold "Rube" H. Arndt, a loving husband, father, and grandfather, passed away on Thursday morning, Sept. 1, 2005, at his home in Baraboo at the age of 83. Rube, the son of Martin and Mildred (Hull) Arndt, was born on March 22, 1922 in Baraboo. He was a 1940 graduate of Baraboo High School where he had been an outstanding athlete and was one of the first recipients of the coveted "Gold B." He was united in marriage to Regina Amend on Oct. 10, 1945 at St. Mary's Church in Portage. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the European Theatre Operation with the U.S. Army. Rube graduated from UW-Whitewater in 1949. He taught in Lena for six years before returning to his alma mater, Baraboo High, where he taught business education for 24 years. He enjoyed the countless Baraboo students he had taught and the camaraderie of his colleagues. Rube especially enjoyed his baseball coaching stint with his great friend, Harry Saloutos. He loved to dance, play cards, and bowl, but most importantly, spending time with his grandchildren and attending their school and social events. In addition to his teaching career, Rube was active in his community in other areas, having been a life member of Baraboo Elks Lodge No. 688 and American Legion Post 26, as well as belonging to the 4th Degree Knights of Columbus-Council 746, the Sauk County Retired Teachers Association, and a volunteer at Circus World Museum for many years. He was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Baraboo. He is survived by his wife, Regina Arndt of Baraboo; two children, Ann (fianc�, William Kalcik) Quandt of Baraboo and Peter (Lynn) Arndt of Baraboo; two grandsons, Brian (Melissa) Quandt of Milwaukee and Daniel (Katsiaryna) Quandt of Stevens Point; one granddaughter, Zo� Arndt of Baraboo; one sister, Mary Mildred Funk of Sheboygan; one sister-in-law, Ava Arndt of Green Bay; his wife's siblings and their spouses; many nieces; nephews; other relatives and friends. Rube was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Fred. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2005 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Baraboo with Father Larry Bakke officiating. Interment will take place in St. Joseph's Cemetery where military rites will be accorded. Friends may call on Monday, Sept. 5, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave. in Baraboo; and at the church on Tuesday, from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. A prayer service will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Joseph's Church Expansion Fund, St. Clare Hospital's Healing Garden, or a charity of your choice. Rube was "one of a kind" and a true Baraboo boy

Atkinson, Donald Ray. Donald Ray Atkinson, Ph.D., passed away on January 11, 2008 at home after a long and courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Don was born on February 10, 1940 in Union City, Indiana to Ernest and Onda Atkinson. Don spent most of his childhood years in Baraboo, Wisconsin. He revisited Baraboo throughout his adult life, caring for his parents and visiting close friends. Recently, Don completed a book about Baraboo entitled, "Baraboo, A Selected History." Don graduated from Baraboo High School in 1958, after which he served in the Navy for two years. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from Wisconsin State College, La Crosse in 1964, where he was a member of the Phi Sigma Epsilon Fraternity and was awarded a varsity letter in gymnastics. He earned a masters in Counseling Psychology from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee in 1966, and earned his doctorate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1970. He worked as a high school math teacher and guidance counselor before being hired in 1972 by the University of California, Santa Barbara as a Professor of Counseling Psychology in the Graduate School of Education. Don served as Assistant Dean of the Department of Education from 1975 to 1979, and he was the Director of Training for the Counseling Psychology Program from 1979 until 1989, when he stepped down because of his dedication to teaching, mentoring, and conducting research. He was given the title Professor Emeritus when he retired from UCSB in 2002. Don was a pioneer in the area of multicultural counseling psychology. He pursued scholarship in multicultural counseling psychology before it was mandatory or fashionable, and he mentored a large number of doctoral students from underrepresented groups into the field of counseling psychology. His students were his greatest pride in his life's work. Far beyond his individual accomplishments, which were many, Don viewed his own success through the achievements of his students." Don is the author of "Counseling American Minorities," now in its sixth edition and considered a classic in the field, "Counseling Diverse Populations," now in its third edition, and "Counseling Across the Lifespan." He published over 100 journal articles. Don's notable and numerous contributions in the field of multicultural counseling garnered considerable professional recognition, including Fellow status in the American Psychological Association (1990), the University of Wisconsin, Madison Alumni Achievement Award (1993), the Society for the Psychological Study of Ethnic Minority Issues Distinguished Career Contributions to Research Award (2001), an APA Presidential Citation and recognition as an honored Elder at the National Multicultural Conference and Summit (2005). Also in 2005, he received the Leona Tyler Award, the highest form of recognition by the Society of Counseling Psychology for his "fearless dedication" and devotion to the field of multicultural counseling. Don lived a full and active life. He thrived in the outdoors and participated in canoeing, fishing, hiking, and cross_country skiing. Don enjoyed these activities at the home he designed and built in Ashland, Oregon, a special place he loved to share with friends, family, and former students. Even during his illness, he was constantly tackling home renovation projects and building things, most recently a tree house for his granddaughters, nieces, and nephews (complete with a bunk bed and window seat!). His interests also included the Shakespeare Festival and the Britt Music Festival in Ashland. Don believed in the importance of family, a value he demonstrated in his commitments and connections to family members. He raised two sons, one seriously developmentally disabled, as a single father. He had a close bond with his surviving son, Bob, with whom he spoke daily. He cared for his mother-in-law during an extended Alzheimer's illness. His loving relationship with Carol, his wife of 17 years, was an inspiration to others. His granddaughters were his pride and joy, and he took great pleasure in encouraging their talents of gymnastics and piano and traveling with them to the Grand Canyon, Oregon, and southern California. During his extended illness, Don's determination and courage served as an inspiration to family and friends. The family offers special thanks to Dr. Newman and the Sansum Santa Barbara oncology nurses for the individual care and respect they showed Don throughout his illness. They would also like to express appreciation to Dr. Ponce, Dr. Dunn, and Hospice nurses and support staff. Don is survived by his wife, Carol Atkinson, son Robert K. Atkinson, daughter-in-law, Laura Atkinson, granddaughters Allyson Atkinson and Conor Ann Atkinson, and nieces, nephews, friends, former students, and colleagues. He was preceded in death by his son, James Atkinson, and his brother, Fredrick Atkinson. A memorial service will be held on Saturday January 26 at 10:30am in the Chapel of the Santa Barbara Cemetery (901 Channel Drive). Donations may be made to the Donald Atkinson Diversity Enhancement Fund/UCSB Foundation (805-893-5994), the Jessie Hopkins Hinchee Foundation (805-967-7777), or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (, or the Baraboo Community Scholarship Corporation (608-355-522)

Atwell, Corinne Kay. Corinne Kay Atwell, age 58 a beloved child of God, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 10, 2003, after a long struggle with cancer. She was born on June 25, 1945. She was a lifelong resident of Prairie du Sac. After graduating from PDS High in 1963 she attended college in Whitewater, Wis. While there she was active in many activities including Wesley Foundation, Madrigal Choir and was also Vice President of Treble Cleft. After her graduation in 1969 with a Bachelor in Education and minors in Vocal, Piano and Organ she took a job with the Sauk-Prairie School system where she taught kindergarten for 32 years. She also played the organ for Concordia Methodist Church for 45 years. She enjoyed many hobbies including traveling, camping, biking, canoeing, water skiing and spending lazy days at her cottage floating in an inner tube. She loved animals and had many pets ranging from a skunk to many horses and dogs. She is survived by her two sons, Chan Atwell of Florida and Doug (Tyffany) Atwell of Prairie du Sac; two beloved grandchildren, Christina and Austin; a sister, Betty (Lars) Petersen of Lodi; a close friend, Paul Onesti; a niece; two nephews, many cousins and dear friends. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003, at CONCORDIA UNITED METHODIST CHURCH. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2003, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the church. In lieu of flowers please send memorials to: Concordia Methodist Church or Home Heath United Hospice. She wanted us to convey her thanks to everyone that has been supportive and kind to her during her long struggle with cancer. Her family would like to express their thanks to Home Health United Hospice for making it possible for her to remain at home. It is our prayer for those that have loved her that you will remember these words: Gone From My Sight I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spread her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. The someone at my side says: "There she is gone!" "Gone Where?" Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left our side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in us, not in her. And just at the moment when someone at my side says: "There she is gone!" there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout: "Here she comes!" And that is DYING. Gnewikow-Hooverson Funeral Home Sauk City, Wis.