Martha Putz, 99, Baraboo

October 9, 2018

Martha Emma Putz, 99, of Baraboo, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018, at St. Clare Meadows Care Center.

Martha was born in Reedsburg, the daughter of Martin and Meta (Gade) Steckelberg, on Jan. 30, 1919. Her formative years were spent helping out with the endless tasks associated with a large dairy farm located outside of Loganville, owned and operated by her father. She attended the K-8 elementary school in Loganville and graduated in 1927.

Martha married Richard Albert Putz on Jan. 1, 1939. They lived on a farm in the town of Greenfield, Sauk County, for about five years before moving to their new home, 516 Grove St., in Baraboo.

Martha’s primary role was a dedicated mother and wife, but she was actively engaged in many civic and church group activities at St. John’s Lutheran Church and then at the North Freedom Baptist Church. She was involved in the Brownie level of the Girl Scouts of America as a local leader. She enjoyed numerous art and craft hobbies such as figurine painting, stamp collecting and leather craft. Her strong religious faith served as a foundation for her life as demonstrated by not only living individually, but also by being a strong leader for family, church and national movements such as the Right to Life Organization. Martha was the “babysitter” for many children in the Baraboo area, serving as surrogate mother so that parents could work and provide for their families.

Martha was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; parents, Martin and Meta; two sisters, Remona (Clarence) Bloedau and Alice (George) Smith.

Martha is survived by her children, Gene (Karen) Putz of Gorham, Maine, Arlan Putz of Baraboo, Bonnie Smith of Union Grove, and Richard (Sandy) Putz. Martha is also survived by a brother, Ivan (JoAnn) Steckelberg of Denzer; as well as a sister, Pearl Meixelsperger of Mazomanie.

Visitation and funeral services will be held Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at the Redlin Funeral Home, 401 Madison Ave., Baraboo, with the Redlin staff and Pastor Andrew Dear of North Freedom Baptist Church officiating.

Visitation for immediate family members will be from 11 a.m. to noon with public visitation from noon to 1:30 p.m. Refreshments will be provided by the church’s Women’s Missionary Fellowship. Funeral services will follow from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The burial ceremony will follow at Walnut Hill Cemetery for family and close friends.

The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the staff at St. Clare Meadow’s Care Center for their exceptional care for Martha and the support, camaraderie and joy shared by the North Freedom Baptist Church congregation. Special thanks go to Pastor Dear and Gaye Caney.

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