John A. Blau , Age 86

July 31, 1937 --March 26, 2024

John A. Blau, age 86, of Baraboo, passed away on March 26, 2024 at SSM Hospice House in Baraboo, surrounded by his wife and daughter, Melanie.

John was born on July 31, 1937 at home in Caledonia Township in Merrimac, the son of Frank and Rose (Ruhland) Blau. Following 10th grade, he worked on the family farm then he went to Chicago to an electricians school. On Feb. 20, 1960 he was united in marriage to Lorrell Burke in Munising, MI. He worked for Maytag Appliance then started his own business “Blau Appliance Service” which he continued for over 40 years. He enjoyed singing in the choir at St. Mary Parish in Menomonee Falls. He loved playing cards at the Baraboo Senior Center with family and friends. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Baraboo and Knights of Columbus 4240 in Menomonee Falls.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Crowley Haefer and her family; his daughters, Melanie (Tom) Wentler, Gaylene Stingl, Carrie (Kevin) Johnson and Michelle (Michael) DeVries; grandchildren, Heather (Christopher Meyer) Wentler, Lisa Wentler, Tammy (Bob) Edwards, Tom (Kayla) Stingl, Ashley (Jeremy) Baier, Courtney (Greg) Kirkeeng, Macayla DeVries, Marissa DeVries; great-grandchildren, Jayce Miller, Ely, Georgia and Murphy Baier, Chloe Kirkeeng; his siblings, Alvin (Karen) Blau, Leonard (Janice) Blau, and Luke (Christine) Blau; sister-in-law, Donna Blau, nieces, nephews, other near relatives and many close friends. 

John was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Rose; his late wife, Lorrell, his siblings, Edwin (Clara) Blau, Leo (Charlotte) Blau, Charles (Helen/Gerry) Blau, Mary (Gerald) Lange, Joe Blau, Rose Ann Blau, Florence Krejchik and Ladi (Irene) Kout.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, April 3,2024 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church with Father Luke Powers presiding. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. The Rosary will be said at 9:45 a.m. in honor of John. Burial will follow the Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Duwards Glen Retreat Center, W11876 McLeisch Road, Baraboo, WI 53913.

The family would like to thank SSM Health Hospice.

The Redlin-Ertz Funeral Home is assisting the family.



Mary Vergara March 28, 2024

Friend of wife REEDSBURG , Wisconsin

So very sorry.

Rita Anderson March 28, 2024

Cousin of his wife Lorrell and Friend Cudahy , Wisconsin

My thoughts and prayers are with his daughters. My sincere condolences to all of you. Have so many happy memories of your family. May he rest in peace. Rita

Lois and Frank March 29, 2024

Friend of Margaret Reedsburg , Wisconsin

We are so sorry for your loss, Margaret! It just doesn’t seem fair. There just doesnt seem to be any right words. Our thoughts and prayers are with you for strength and peace to get through this very difficult time. Take care and God’s Blessings!!!

Debbie F March 30, 2024

Neighbor and Friend of Family Cape Coral , Florida

Sympathies to the daughters and grandchildren of Mr Blau. So much gratitude for such great memories of our growing up years, high school and college and neighbor gatherings. My best to you girls!

Lorraine Hawley March 31, 2024

Cousin Munising , Michigan

Melanie, Gaylene, Michelle,Carrie and Family So very sorry for your loss Your in my thoughts and prayers

Father Raymond Dischler March 31, 2024

relative madison , Wisconsin

Dear Loved Ones of John, Please accept the heartfelt sympathy of the Gerhard and Rose (Brickl) Dischler family: Sister Rose Marie, Arlene, Ralph, Francis, Father Raymond, Gary, Ruth Ann, Alan, Steven, and families. You and John are in our thoughts and prayers. Fr. Ray Dischler

Lorraine Hawley March 31, 2024

Cousin Munising , Michigan

Melanie, Gaylene, Michelle,Carrie and Family So very sorry for your loss Your in my thoughts and prayers

Angeline Nesseim April 03, 2024

Friend Reedsburg , Wisconsin

My heart hurt for your loss . Even though, I knew John for only a short time , was impressed by his gentleness and kindness . I pray that his gentle soul be at peace and may the peace of God envelopes all who have lost so much from his departure .