Beverly Jean `Bev` Vertein , Age 86

April 04, 1937 --August 30, 2023

Beverly "Bev" Jean Vertein, age 86, passed away peacefully during a Super Blue Moon on Wednesday, August 30, 2023, at her home in North Freedom, WI.

Bev, daughter of Bernard Haywood and Violet (Boyd Haywood) Miller, was born in Baraboo, WI. She attended Baraboo High School and enjoyed a lifelong passion for learning, as evidenced by her proficiency using computers back when they stood on the floor instead of a desk. Beverly was a long-time member of Emanuel Church of Baraboo (formerly Emanuel United Methodist Church).

Bev married her high school sweetheart, Orville Vertein, on December 11, 1954. The pair met at a high school dance and never stopped dancing together throughout their 60 years of marriage. They were blessed with five children.

Bev loved spending time with her family and friends. She could often be found surrounded by loved ones at her dining room table, playing and usually winning cards and games. She loved seeking out new games to play and enjoyed her regular Thursday Hand and Foot card games with friends. Bev was also an avid Wisconsin sports fan, cheering on the UW Badgers football and basketball teams and, of course, the Green Bay Packers.

Bev invested her time and talents in many different activities and organizations over the years. She served her community as part of the Parent Teacher Committee at her childrens school, the North Freedom Library Board, and the Sauk County Human Services Board. She supported her church by serving on committees and womens groups. Bev also paved the way for working women as a member of the American Business Women's Association and was once honored as the Circus City Charter Chapter Woman of the Year.

Bev started her career as a hostess at The Barn Restaurant. She later moved to the corporate world, working first at Hoppe, Fishkin, Dippel and McNevin Accounting and later in accounts receivable at Penda Corporation.

Bev is survived by her daughters Terri (Greg) Mueller, Kim (Lee) Towey, and Vicki (Gordon) Zerbel; her sons Mark (Lee Ann) Vertein and Brian Vertein; her grandchildren Brett (April Hughes) Mueller, Drew Towey, Paige (Amanda Capps) Towey, Ryan (Megan) Vertein, Ross Vertein, Rose Vertein and Esther Vertein; her great-granddaughter Olivia Vertein; her sister Barbara (Bob) Dolezal; brother-in-law Russell Vertein, sisters-in-law Shirley Vertein and Barbara Haywood; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; her brother Don Haywood; in-laws Walter and Florence Vertein; sisters-in-law Phyllis Endres and Janet Vertein; brothers-in-law Verllyn Vertein and Paul Endres; and beloved dog, Miley.

Bev has now joined her husband and friends who have gone on before her. She sends her love to all who are left here on earth especially her family; and her card playing, water aerobics, rehab exercise and book reading friends.

A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 P.M., Friday, September 15, 2023, at Redlin-Ertz Funeral Home, 401 Madison Avenue, Baraboo, WI. Visitation will be from 11:00 A.M. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to the North Freedom Library. Online condolences may be made at

Those who knew Bev well won't be surprised that shes getting the last word here. She leaves us with this

My body may have worn out, but it didnt rust!!!


Penny@Dennis September 05, 2023

Friends Baraboo , Wisconsin

We will miss her dearly she was a great lady..Our thoughts and prayers go with you all in this most difficult time 🙏😇She was an angel.

Tony Alwin September 05, 2023

Friend of the family. Phoenix , Arizona

Bev was always one of my bonus mothers who always watched over her family and the friends of her children that included me. I have so many fond memories of Bev and the whole Vertein family. I loved her and still love the whole tribe. I remember her and Orv coming to my parents house every month to play cards as a group. I remember many fun times in the Vertein basement and all the photos of family upstairs. So glad to have had her in my life. Love and prayers to the whole Vertein family. It is never easy to lose your mom.

Lyla VERTEIN September 05, 2023

Friend. cousin thru marriage Edina , Minnesota

Bev was always a delightful person to talk with. Will miss her.

Maryanne Lovallo September 06, 2023

Friend of family Newport News , Virginia

Kim, Lee, Drew, Paige and Capps, So very sorry to hear of Bev's passing. In time, may your memories comfort you, as you share her life stories and legacy with family and friends.

Amy Treseder-Ware September 06, 2023

Niece Roseville , California

We will miss you Aunt Bev. I have many great childhood memories of you and the fun we always had when you had us over. Much love to all of my cousins right now. Your mom was a wonderful woman! Love, Amy

Chris September 06, 2023

Friend of the family Windsor , Wisconsin

I very much regret that I never sent Bev my memories for her last birthday celebration in April. Hopefully, she somehow sees them here. 1. Bev letting us trash her back porch so we could build the best haunted house Oak St ever saw. 2. Bev invited Stan and I on the Apple River trip, what a fun time. Staying in a hotel back then was a VERY special deal. 3. Watching Orv and Bev dance to "What I Like About You" by the Romantics at our wedding. They were the best dancers on the floor. Thanks Bev for putting up with me all these years. I hope you know how important you and your family are to me.

Jeff Bush September 05, 2023

Friend St. Petersburg , Florida

Heaven has gained another angel who left a beautiful family down on earth to carry out her legacy. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May god bless. Joe Hatala and Jeff Bush

kimberly alwin September 06, 2023

neighbor north freedom , Wisconsin

Bev was my neighbor for over 20 years. Her and I shared many fence talks. I will miss her sass and determination. She always made me smile. Great, great lady. Tell Orville I said Hi!

Kathy Miller Biggs September 06, 2023

Cousin West Palm Beach, FL 33411 , Florida

Such fond memories of a beautiful woman. I can still hear her laugh. She laughed just like her Mom (my Aunt Vi). Her smile when entering a room would be like someone turned on a light. My condolences to her family and friends. Remember the fond memories you have of her and may you find comfort in knowing we will all be together one day again. God bless you all and when the days are like they never end and you have sadness in your heart, lean on God and his love for you and he will help you thru those tough times.

Brenda Emery September 06, 2023

Friend & neighbor North Freedom , Wisconsin

So sorry to hear of your loss. Such a beautiful lady🩵 Always enjoyed our visits. Prayers for comfort & peace during this difficult time 🙏💙☮️ Hugs all around 😇

JODIE K ROBERTSON September 13, 2023

Neighbor and Friend North Freedom , Wisconsin

Bev and Orv could always be counted on to entertain our "boys" with mountain dew and "treasures" to drag home. I must return those paintings of birch trees on black velvet, and I do believe Sid's guitar is still in use by yet another generation. I know that Bev understood my reaction when I heard she died; wish I could have shared the laugh with her. She did it HER way. God Bless Her. She was my friend and I will miss her, so very much.

Katherine (Vodak) Thering September 13, 2023

FRIEND PLAIN , Wisconsin

I have very fond memories of growing up with your Family in North Freedom. Your Mother was an awesome, gracious LADY! So sorry for your loss. I will make a contribution to the library in her per your request. Kathy Vodak

Randy & Roxanne Boyd September 13, 2023

Cousin Buckeye , Arizona

We're sorry to hear of Bev's passing. Our thoughts are with you all during these most difficult times. She will be missed along with her great smile and ability to make people laugh. She maybe gone but she's left many fond memories behind.