Sunday, May 22, 2016

Obituary: Charline Bernadette Browning Stevens - Class of 1946

MADISON - Charline Bernadette Browning Stevens was in this life from Jan. 31, 1928, until April 27, 2016. Bernadette was born in Madison, the fifth and last surviving child of C. Bernard Browning and Patricia Bridget (Manion) Browning's seven children. Growing up on the edge of the Greenbush neighborhood, she was the quintessential "townie," even having graduated from Central High School, 1946. She was wont to find a way to figure out a Madison connection between herself and family and many of the people she met. This is a penchant she passed along to her children and grandchildren.

Bernadette was fond of saying she had had a good life. It also was punctuated with periods of great happiness, especially being a part of the daily life of many of her grandchildren to whom she was "Grams." She placed a high value on maintaining a sense of humor and not taking oneself too seriously.

Bernadette worked as a bartender, waitress, and for several state agencies. She retired nearly 25 years ago from the Wisc. Department of Veterans Affairs. She lived alone and independently until Jan., 2016, and, as if to have one last laugh, this feisty, strong-willed woman moved toward her final journey quietly.

Some of the rules for getting along with Bernadette were: always be courteous to the waitress, do not be a picky eater, back the car into the driveway, and vote Democrat.

Bernadette is survived by her children, Janet Stevens, Tom (Mimi) Stevens, Mike (Nancy) Stevens, Patty Stevens Blum, David Stevens (Wei Han), and Carol Stevens. Her daughter, Jean "Beanie" Stevens predeceased her in 1994. Also surviving her are 14 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren; her former husband and his wife, Ray and Mary Stevens; and many nieces and nephews.

For many years Bernadette enjoyed hosting a gathering at her place on the Memorial Day weekend. Her family will celebrate her life in this traditional. Please join us on Saturday, May 28, 2016, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at 2545 Hoard St., Madison, Wis.

If you wish to make a memorial to Bernadette, please consider one of these organizations (which are special to a number of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren): Autumn Farm Sanctuary, P.O. Box 188, Cedarburg, WI 53012 or NESYB [North-East-Sherman Youth Basketball], P.O. Box 7751, Madison, WI 53707-7751.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 22, 2016. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968).

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Obituary: Susan J. Prouty - Class of 1967

ALBUQUERQUE / MADISON [Wisconsin] - Suli (Susan) J. Prouty, age 66, daughter of Dr. Lawrence Richard and Margaret (Martin) Prouty, sister of Rick, Mark and Doug (deceased), aunt of Lee and Tim, passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2016, in Albuquerque, N.M. She grew up in Madison but spent many years in Albuquerque. Services will be held at St. Michaels Episcopal Church, Albuquerque.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on April 10, 2016. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968)

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Obituary: Michael DuBois - Class of 1962

JANESVILLE - Michael DuBois, age 72, died on Sunday April 3, 2016 at his home surrounded by family. He was born on Aug. 19, 1944 to Errol “Joe” and Evelyn DuBois, and graduated from Madison Central High School in 1962.

Michael was passionate about music and was a member of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps and, the Wisconsin Marching Band. He and his first wife, Janalyn Kinder, were married in 1965. Together they raised miniature dachshunds, showing them at field trials throughout the country as members of the Badger Dachshund Club. Hockey was also an activity that Michael enjoyed, including being a referee for youth hockey games. Michael was employed at Oscar Mayer Foods for 30 years in the plant. He later worked for Mounds Pet Food Warehouse where he met his second wife Pamela whom he married in 2000. Other part time jobs included delivering papers for the Wisconsin State Journal, delivering parts for CARQUEST, and working at Blain’s Supply Warehouse. Favorite activities for Michael were fishing, golfing, travel, sports, and just spending time with his family, grandchildren and dogs. Michael had a keen eye and special knack for capturing special moments wherever he went; taking photos of everything he found beautiful or interesting.

Michael is survived by his wife Pamela and her four sons – Mike, Heath, Kyle, and Lucas; a daughter, Kim (Michael) of Monona; two sons, Scott of Phoenix and Randall of Seattle; two sisters, Trish (Tim) O’Neil of Madison, and Kathy (Jeff) Fujan of Poplar; a brother, Jerry (Linda) of Madison; 5 grandchildren and other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents.

A memorial service to celebrate Michael’s life will be held on Friday, April 8, 2016, at 12 noon, at All Faiths Funeral Chapel, 1618 E. Racine St. in Janesville. A visitation will be held at 11 a.m. until the time of service at the chapel.

Originally published on the All Faiths Funeral and Cremation Services website. Submitted by Jan Kinder DuBois.

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Obituary: Steven M. Fix - Class of 1965

MADISON - Steven M. Fix, age 69, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. He was born Jan. 11, 1947, in Madison, the son of Phillip and Eileen (Runey) Fix. He graduated from Central High School in 1965 and from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1969 majoring in History with minors in Geography and Secondary Education. He earned a Masters of Science in Cartography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976.

Steve taught history classes at Tomah High School from 1969 to 1974. While at Tomah, Steve met Mary Fonstad. They were married on April 1, 1972. Steve taught geography at Southern Connecticut State College in New Haven Connecticut from 1976 and 1977 and worked for the Department of Defense in St. Louis, Mo., from 1977 to 1978.

Steve began a 30 year career with the State of Wisconsin in 1979 working on environmental issues with the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the Public Service Commission. He continued to be active in the environmental arena after retirement working on a water resource management plan, a lake restoration project, and rain gardens. He was a citizen member of three City of Madison committees: the Board of Public Works, Long Range Transportation Planning Committee, and was Chair of the City's Committee on the Environment.

Steve had lifelong interests in Russian history, maps of all kinds, water resources, traveling back roads, visiting major and minor league baseball parks, birding, hiking in the woods, singing in the symphony and opera choruses and getting to wear great hats in opera productions, being kind to cats and dogs, playing sheepshead and bridge and chocolate desserts (without peanut butter, please).

Steve is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mary; children, Peter Fix and Ann (Fix) Taillon; grandchildren, Kyria and Liam Taillon; mother, Eileen Fix; brother, Stanley Fix; and sister, Linda (Fix) Guerin. He was preceded in death by his father, Phillip Fix.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison. A visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home. The family invites you for dessert and coffee immediately following the service at the funeral home.

Those wishing to express their sympathy with a memorial may wish to consider contributing to Opera for the Young, Madison Community Foundation, Foundation for Madison Public Schools, Madison Urban Ministry or Second Harvest.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on February 2, 2016. Submitted by Sidney Iwanter (Class of 1967).

Obituary: Michael N. Meddings - Class of 1968

MADISON - Michael Norris Meddings, age 67, of Madison, passed away on Thursday evening, Sept. 18, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare, following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born on Dec. 4, 1947, in Madison, the middle son of William T. and Agnes M. (Lovick) Meddings. He grew up in the Isthmus and graduated from Madison Central High School in 1967. He enlisted in the U.S. Army following high school and served a total of four years on active duty including service in Germany and two tours in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division. While in Vietnam, he was awarded a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Clusters, (two awards), an Air Medal, and two Army Commendation Medals. He was an active member of VFW Post 8483 and American Legion Post 481. After completing his military service he returned to Madison, attending school for a brief time on the GI Bill before securing employment with the City of Madison Streets Department. He retired from City employment in 2002, but not before acquiring the nickname "Squirrel", a moniker which persisted long after his retirement. He was a friend to all he worked with, a proud Union member, and enjoyed getting together with fellow retirees at numerous "social clubs" on the east side. His true legacy will remain the love and care he provided his mother, whom he visited on a daily basis until her passing in 2011. He is survived by the "love of his life", Jean Robinson of Madison; his canine companions, "PJ", "Gizmo" and "Mr. Pugsly"; brother, William T. (Jillaine) Meddings of Cross Plains; sister, Sonja L. Hildestad of Madison; brother, Mark P. Meddings of Sun Prairie; as well as five nephews, three nieces and a host of friends too numerous to count. He was preceded in death by both parents, a grandnephew and too many of his fellow serving soldiers. Funeral services will be held at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at 7 p.m., with pastor Chad Christensen presiding. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the time of service. Interment will be with his parents in the mausoleum at Roselawn Memorial Park in Madison. This will be a private service for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Agrace HospiceCare or the Dane County Humane Society. A celebration of Mike's life will be held at a later date at VFW Post 8483. The family would like to thank the staff at University Hospital in Madison and especially the staff at Agrace HospiceCare for their care and compassion. We are blessed to have these wonderful resources here in Madison. Special thanks to dear friends, Jim and Patty Back, who accommodated all of his needs for transportation, love and companionship during the most difficult days of his struggle. "It is strange how one can feel both at the same time. My life, in a physical sense, is truly insignif- icant. As a tiny finite in all mea- sures compared to the infinite, I'm insignificant. At the same time, I can feel significance in be- ing linked to the infinite power, knowledge, love and presence of the Lord. Being personally known by and having interaction with the Creator brings significance. I didn't deserve the status of such significance, I didn't earn it. At best, I simply yielded to a role that I didn't fully understand in life. Understanding that one has a role in something infinite is a source of peace. My physical body felt the effects of age and disease. My mental being was prone to taking leaves of absence. My spiritual being is feeling rather healthier."

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 21, 2014. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968).

Note: The graduation year given in the obituary may be incorrect. Mike Meddings is listed as a member of the Class of 1968 in both the Tychoberahn yearbook and the 1968 list of Madison Central High School graduates published in The Capital Times.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Obituary: Richard Alan Parisi - Class of 1967

MADISON - Richard Alan Parisi, age 66, of Madison, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2015, at the University of Wisconsin Hospital. He was the son of Orlando and Mary (Masino) Parisi.

 Rich was born in Madison on Jan. 5, 1949. He was a graduate of Madison Central High School, class of '67, and went on to get a degree in history from the University of Wisconsin. His green thumb led him to work for Felly's Flowers in the greenhouse alongside our good friend, Stan Skolaski. He then obtained his Horticultural License and worked for the First Wisconsin Bank and all their branches taking care of plants indoors and out. Later in life he took a job as warehouse manager for Hill Electric. It was soon after that his health began to fail.

 Rich was a proud member of the Italian Workman's Club. His interests were varied. He liked working with plants in creating landscapes and gardens. He enjoyed taking trips with his longtime friend, Beth. He also wasn't shy about taking in a casino once in a while. On the last Sunday of each month he would meet for coffee with cousins, Jim, Ron, Carlo and his brother, Bob, if only to stay in touch with family.

He is survived by his brother, Bob, and many other cousins. He was preceded in death by both parents. Upon Rich's request, there will be no funeral service, but, a day to celebrate his life will be posted at a later date and time.

A special thanks goes out to all the nurses and doctors in the ICU, at the UW Hospital, for their attentive care and uplifting manner. I also want to thank our cousin, Gina Masino, for being there during this emotional ordeal.  

Originally published in The Wisconsin State Journal on October 17, 2015. Submitted by Sidney Iwanter (Class of 1967).

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Obituary: Fred Loniello - Class of 1963

SAN BERNADINO, Calif. - Fred Loniello, age 71, went to Heaven on May 9, 2015, in San Bernadino, Calif. He was born Dec. 10, 1943, in Madison to Cecil and Jennie (Gianquinto) Loniello. He graduated from St Joseph and from Central High School where he lettered in football. Fred was in the U.S. Marines from 1964-1967, serving in Viet Nam. He then moved to CA and attended Pasadena College. Fred traveled the country as a Missionary of the Lord. He worked in nursing homes assisting those in need. He enjoyed his dogs, swimming and participating in church functions. He played the guitar and piano and had a beautiful singing voice. Fred was preceded in death by his parents, Cecil and Jennie; his two brothers, David and Joe. He is survived by his sister, Angela Loniello; brother, Russell Loniello; nieces, Amber (Michael) Sehgal and Lisa (David) Bohl; nephews, Chris Schroeder, Greg (Michelle) Schroeder, and Kevin (Kathy) Loniello; great-nieces, Andie, Brooke, Bailey, Sidra and Holliday; great nephews Owen and Shayen and many relatives and friends. A celebration of Fred's life will be on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, at ST THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 602 Everglade Drive, Madison. Visitation will be at 11a.m. A Mass will be at 11:30 a.m., followed by a luncheon. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the family. Rest in peace in the arms of the Lord Fred and enjoy all the beauties of Heaven.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on August 23, 2015. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968). 

Fred Loniello's class year is based on information in the 1963 Tychoberahn, where he is photo is included among those of the graduating seniors.

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Obituary: Carol L. (Mack) Neuhauser - Class of 1950

MADISON - Carol L. (Mack) Neuhauser, age 82, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 23, 2015, at Agrace HospiceCare, surrounded by her family. She was born on Oct. 11, 1932, in Madison, the daughter of John and Caroline Mack. She attended Franklin Elementary School and Madison Central High School in 1950. Carol married Charles Neuhauser, a high school classmate, on July 14, 1955. Carol graduated from the UW School of Nursing in 1955, and worked as a civilian nurse at Brook Army Hospital in Texas while her new husband was on active duty there. She then worked at the VA Hospital in Madison and served with the 44th General Hospital Reserve Unit. Carol then retired to be a stay at home mom to raise her three children. Vacations for the young Neuhauser family were often spent camping and fishing. Carol was even willing to take up pheasant and deer hunting to be a companion to Charlie. She loved taking part in the yearly "Mack Deer Camp" in Camp Douglas. Above all else, Carol loved and cared for her family. She reminded us often that her greatest joy was her children and grandchildren. Birthday celebrations included our own special homemade pie. She cheered on her kids and grandkids in their school and sporting events. Dressing up in goofy costumes with her grandchildren was as much fun for her as the kids. Christmas Eve gatherings won't ever be the same without her, especially her competitiveness in everyone's favorite game "cup and angels". She extended her nursing and caretaking skills to her many aunts and uncles and especially with her own mother and mother-in-law, both of who lived with Carol and Charlie for many years. Carol loved spending time with her dear friends from her softball team, golfing buddies, card group and the MG hockey family. She was the pitcher and official joke teller for her softball team. Carol looked forward to a breakfast or lunch date with her friends and never missed her class reunions until this year. She also was an avid gardener, a reader of mysteries, and a fan of old movies, especially those starring John Wayne. Carol was a trooper to the end, including being a 14-year breast cancer survivor. She made many smile with her sense of humor, even in her last days. Carol is survived by her children, Chris (Greg) Percy, Curt (Sue) Neuhauser, and Eric (Kim) Neuhauser; grandchildren, Tyler, Michael, and Brett Percy, and Kendra and Cameron Neuhauser; brothers, John Mack Jr. and Jim Mack; sisters-in-law, Joyce, Patty and Ruth; aunt, Marion Trachte; and many extended family. She was preceded in death by her husband, Charles in 2006; and her parents. A celebration of Carol's life will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 6 p.m., on Thursday, July 30, 2015. A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 3:30 p.m. until the time of the service on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare or a charity of your choosing. The family would like to thank the wonderful people at Agrace HospiceCare and at St. Mary's SSICU and 4SW. Also, thank you to her physicians, Drs. Bain, Santana and Wilson, along with their staffs. Carol will be dearly missed by her family. We wish her peace.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 26, 2015. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968).

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Obituary: Kathryn L. (Carter) Kohl - Class of 1949

MADISON - Kathryn L. (Carter) Kohl, age 84, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 13, 2015, at Agrace HospiceCare with her family by her side. She was born on March 23, 1931, in Madison, Wis. She was the daughter of Minnie E. Carter (Partridge) and Lewis H. Carter. Lewis H. Carter passed away on May 18, 1952, and Minnie E. (Partridge) Carter passed away on March 28, 1999. Kathryn "Kitty" graduated from Central High School in 1949. Kathryn married James R. Kohl on Jan. 19, 1951. She worked for Group Health Cooperative and Associated Physicians in Madison. Then she quit working to help take care of her two grandchildren. They were the love of her life. Kathryn volunteered at St. Mary's Hospital and Meriter Hospital ER. She also made baby blankets and lap covers for Meriter Hospital. She was a member of the Bethel Club. She is survived by James R. Kohl; daughter, Sue A. Kohl; daughter, Annette L. Kohl; son, Michael J. Kohl (Barb Anderson); and two granddaughters, Kristin L. Fraser and Kayla L. Kohl. Michael was very special to her. She will be missed by so many, including her dog, Sadie. The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff at Meriter Hospital ER, UW Hospital, Agrace HospiceCare, and to our friend, Janice Rhodes. Kitty did not want a funeral. The family will gather privately at Roselawn Memorial Park at a later date.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 19, 2015. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968).

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Obituary: Raymond L. Bogardus - Class of 1965

AMBERG, WISCONSIN - Raymond L. Bogardus, age 69, of Amberg, passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday May 19, 2015. He was born in Madison on July 9, 1945.  Ray attended Drafting College in the Madison area before working at the Boat Factory in Wausaukee. He was a mechanic who could fix anything. His hobbies included collecting trains and owl pictures and designs. He also enjoyed his pets and putzing in his backyard.

Raymond is survived by his son, Ray “Jr.” Bogardus of Wausaukee; his cat, Honey Bun; and extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents.

A graveside service will be held in the Amberg Cemetery.

Originally published on the website of the Roubal Funeral Home of Wausaukee, this obituary notice has been edited for clarity. 

Raymond Bogardus is listed among the graduating seniors in the 1965 Tychoberahn.