Sunday, April 19, 2015

Obituary: Jospeh C. "Buffo" Cerniglia - Class of 1953

MADISON - Joseph C. "Buffo" Cerniglia passed away on April 12, 2015, at the Agrace HospiceCare.

Joe was born on Sept. 25, 1935, to Charles and Georgia (Schiro) Cerniglia. He proudly grew up in the Greenbush and graduated from Central High in 1953. Upon graduation, Joe enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Korea. In the mid 60's Joe was one of the co-founders of the Madison Mustangs semi-pro football team and served as their general manager for many years.

Joe had a deep appreciation for his Italian heritage and was a member of the Italian Workmen's Club. He had an incredible memory, sense of humor and loved entertaining friends and family with his storytelling. Joe was also known for his great Italian cooking and his famous weekly luncheons.

 Joe is survived by his brothers, Pete (Jill) and their children, Jeff, Tari (Gary) Piediscalzzi and Ann; Chuck and his children, Lisa (Todd) Lusk, Lori, and Ross (Maureen); Bob (Kathie) and their children, Tony, Katie, and Molly; and his sister, Marie (Doug) Griesbach and their children, Mark (Cindy) and Karen (Andy) Follis; and his friend, Joanie Severson. Joe is further survived by great-nieces and nephews, many special cousins and friends too numerous to mention, but you all know the place you held in Joe's heart. Joe was a great brother, uncle and friend and will be missed by all who knew him.

 A celebration of Joe's life will be held at VFW POST 7591, 301 Cottage Grove Road, Madison, on Thursday, April 23, 2015, beginning with a visitation from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and a time for sharing stories beginning at 7 p.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, April 24, 2015, at GOOD SHEPHERD CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1128 St. James Court, Madison, with Monsignor Thomas Baxter presiding. Friends and family may call from 10 a.m. until time of service.

There will never be another Buffo! "I'll be seeing you.........."

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

Sunday, March 08, 2015

Obituary: Jean M. (Poore) Shoemaker - Class of 1943

MADISON - Jean M. (Poore) Shoemaker died peacefully on Feb. 24, 2015, surrounded by her children. Jean was born on Jan. 13, 1926, in Otter Creek, Wis., to Elijah and Ruth (Rich) Poore. Jean graduated from Madison Central High School in 1943, and attended nursing school for a semester, which she left to travel to Seattle, Wash., to marry Bill Shoemaker on April 8, 1944. Jean was a true working mother, employed by Eagle Foods as a cashier and head cashier. In her sixties she attended courses in computer literacy and went to work at WPS before her retirement from Great Lakes Higher Education. She was a member of First United Methodist Church for more than 70 years, where she was a dedicated volunteer and made many longtime friendships. She enjoyed traveling, playing golf in her later years, and her game group. Preceding Jean in death was her husband of 68 years, William; parents; and siblings, Mary Alice, Elaine, Sybil and Ed. She is survived by five children, Linda (Bob) Sands, Cindy (Greg) Hinz, Laura (Steve) Meixner, Ruth (Pat) Baier and Dan (Lisa) Shoemaker. Jean was proud grandmother to Pamela (Mike) Capozziello, Debi Sands (Steven Schwenke), Kristin (Scott) Mayer, Ryan Hinz (Austin Bell), Lindsay (Eric) Schmidt, Will (Sara) Meixner, Jeanine (Ben) LaRue, Lauren, Liza and Tess Baier, Spencer Nolden and John and Brooke Shoemaker. She is further survived by great-grandchildren, Ella, Colton, Kadin, Kellin and Gage; and her brother, Dick Poore. Jean's family would like to thank the dedicated staff of Agrace HospiceCare for their compassionate care. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare Inc. Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2015, from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m., followed directly by a Memorial Service at 11 a.m., at SUN PRAIRIE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 702 North St., Sun Prairie, with the Rev. Scott Carlson presiding.

 Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 8, 2015. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968).

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Obituary: Genevieve (Jones) Jackson - Class of 1930

FITCHBURG - Genevieve (Jones) Jackson, age 102, passed away on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. She was born to Margaret (Blaney) and Thomas Jones on Nov. 24, 1912, in Wales, U.K. She came to America with her family when she was 4 months old, and lived her entire life in the Fitchburg/Madison area. She attended Syene Grade School, Central High School, and Madison Business College. She worked 31 years for Wisconsin Telephone Co. (AT&T). In 1938, she married Erich Keller; he passed away in 1961. In 1962, she married Robert Jackson, who passed away in 1980. She loved to travel and visited every state and many foreign countries. She was a very active person, driving past the age of 95. She was a member of the Swan Creek Sewing Circle, the Cambrian Welch Club, the Ladies Auxiliary of Elks Lodge No. 410, Fitchburg Historical Society, the Fitchburg Senior Center and Grace Episcopal Church. She was also a Red Cross volunteer for many years. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. She is survived by nieces, Aleta (Jackson) Barmore (Daune) and Barbara Stoneman; nephews, Robert Jones (Ellen) and Marc Jones (Lois); grandnephew and godson, Tom Stoneman; many other grandnieces and nephews, and their children and grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husbands; parents; sisters, Gladys Stoneman, Anna Hanson, Doris Gillette, and her twin sister, Dorothy, who died at sea at age 4 months; brother, Edwin Jones; and nieces and nephews, Neal Jones, Betty Gillette, Edna Cross, Harold Stoneman, Don Stoneman, Bill Stoneman, Dorothy Goddard and Janet Keenan. A funeral service will be held at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison, on Saturday, March 7, 2015, at 11 a.m. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to Agrace HospiceCare in Gen's name. The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers from Home Instead Senior Care and Agrace HospiceCare for providing excellent loving care for her final months.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 1, 2015. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck. 

Note: Genevieve (Jones) Jackson's class year is based on information in the 1930 Tychoberahn, where she is pictured amongst the graduating seniors.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Obituary: Kenneth James Spangler - Class of 1965


SPRING GREEN - Kenneth James Spangler, age 67, of Spring Green, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, at The Golden Living Center in Muscoda, Wis. Ken was born on April 9, 1947, at Madison General Hospital. He lived in Madison for 52 years, graduating from Madison Central High School in 1965. He later moved to Spring Green where he resided for 12 years. Ken worked as a customer service representative at Madison Gas & Electric for 46 years. He entered into wedded bliss on Oct. 8, 1976, to Paula Jeanne (nee Kunz) in St. Louis, Mo. Ken and Paula were married for 38 wonderful years. Surrounded by Christian men and women all of his life, Ken had a special connection, love and respect for Living Word of Faith Church and Bill Winston Ministries. Ken was a powerful and anointed Christian Faith Believer in the Lord Christ Jesus, the Father God, and Holy Spirit. Ken is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Paula Jeanne. She gratefully thanks St. Mary's Hospital Medical Teams, Dr. Robert Smith and his team at Golden Living Center, Agrace HospiceCare, and Dr. Kenneth Miller and the Spring Green Medical Staff. Ken was preceded in death by his father, Roy Lewis Spangler, and his mother, Lenora (Langve) Spangler. Ken said, "to set the Word of God in your heart one must trust and believe and do." "Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed rightly dividing the Word of Truth." ~ 2 Timothy 2:15 Ken always said, "Be a good Burrian." A Celebration of Ken's Life will be held on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015, at 11 a.m. at CROSSROADS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 5901 Hogan Road, Waunakee, Wis., with Pastor Kristen Lowe presiding. Friends and family may call from 10 a.m. until time of service. Memorial contributions can be made to the Make a Wish Foundation, 1 S. Pinckney St., Suite 40, Madison, WI 53703.

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

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Obituary: Clara A. "Clare" Di Loreto - Class of 1943

MADISON - Clara A. "Clare" Di Loreto, a lifelong resident of Madison, passed away at home on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, two days after her 89th birthday. She was born Chiara Di Loreto on Nov. 27, 1925, the youngest of five children. Her parents, Consiglio Di Loreto and Antonietta Campitelli Di Loreto, had emigrated to Madison from the Abruzzo region of Italy in the first decade of the 20th century. Clare was immensely proud of her heritage. Clare never married but was a big sister or second mother to her many nieces and nephews. She is survived, most immediately, by her loving caretaker and niece, Mary Tortorice; her great-nephew, Brian Tortorice; and her great-great-niece, Savannah Tortorice; along with many other nieces and nephews and their families whom mourn her death and will miss her vibrant personality, her naughty sense of humor, her wonderful stories, and the great interest she took in her family. Clare was preceded in death by her parents; and four siblings, Assunta (Sue) Saccomando of Chicago, Maria Regina (Mary) Tortorice of Madison, Stefano (Steve) Di Loreto of Menasha, and Donato (Dan) of Madison. Clare was what was called, in her day, a career girl. She graduated from Madison Central High School in 1943, received training as a secretary, and spent the next 45 years in that profession. She joined CUNA Mutual Insurance on May 1, 1948, transferring from CUNA Credit Union when her friends at CUNA Mutual told her the parties were better. Clare retired from the organization on May 1, 1988, proud of her 40 years of service to the day. Clare lived a full life, traveling widely in the United States and abroad. She was an excellent league bowler and a fiercely competitive card player. She and a number of her single friends formed a social club called the "Unclaimed Treasures" and had great fun together for many years. Family, friends, her Catholic faith, Chinese food, and pasta were Clare's great passions and enthusiasms. Even in her old age she could polish off a big plate of spaghetti, preferably with red sauce and homemade meatballs or sausage. She became an excellent cook in her retirement; earlier in life she was too busy to spend time in the kitchen. Clare was a member of St. Joseph Parish and (later) of St. Dennis Parish, where she was a member of the Altar Society and a lector at Sunday Masses. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. DENNIS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 505 Dempsey Road, Madison, at noon, on Friday, Dec. 5, 2014, with Father Randy Timmerman presiding. Burial will follow at Resurrection Cemetery. A visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday. Memorials may be made to St. Dennis Catholic Church.  

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 3, 2014. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968).

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Obituary: Edward W. Fuss - Class of 1964

MADISON - Edward W. Fuss, age 68, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014, after a long battle with pulmonary fibrosis. Ed was a lifelong Madison resident, born on June 10, 1946, to Alfred Fuss and Jeannette Fuss Schneider. Ed began working at his family-owned business, Ideal Vault Company, at a young age and eventually took on full ownership of the company, serving families at nearly every cemetery in Southern Wisconsin throughout his career. After selling the company, he became chief of operations for the Catholic Diocese cemeteries in Madison, Janesville and Beloit. Ed is survived by his partner and the love of his life, Jennifer Smith; two daughters, Amy Fuss of Little Rock, Ark., and Melissa (Michael) Brink of Salt Lake City, Utah; sister-in-law, Mary Fuss; grandchildren, Eli Brink, Meredith Foster and Wyatt Brink; and many cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Jack Fuss and Russell Fuss; and sisters, Caroline (Al) Siclovan and Barbara Casey. Ed loved the outdoors and activities such as golf, hunting, fishing and gardening. He was past president of the Dane County Conservation League, and he led many projects and fundraisers to revitalize the group. He was also an avid softball player and umpire in the Madison recreational leagues. Most of all, Ed simply enjoyed spending time with friends, shooting the breeze, hoisting a beer and sharing a laugh or two. Always there with a big smile, helping hand and generous heart, he paid it forward long before doing so was trendy or unique - it was just who he was. A celebration of Ed's life will be held at GUNDERSON FITCHBURG FUNERAL HOME, 2950 Chapel Valley Road, Fitchburg, on Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, at 2 p.m., with a time of sharing stories, and will continue with a time of toasting Ed until 4 p.m. Memorial donations will be put toward the Good Neighbor Trail, a multi-use, handicap accessible recreation trail that will be built in western Dane County. Ed and Jennifer truly appreciated the availability of such trails to allow Ed to still enjoy the outdoors after the disease limited his ability to hike, and they would like to expand such opportunities for others. Tax deductible donations should be made payable to Middleton Public Works Department, with a notation of "Ed Fuss Memorial."  

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on November 30, 2014. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968) 

Note: Ed Fuss's class year is based on information in the 1964 Tychoberah, where he is pictured amongst the graduating seniors.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Obituary: Josephine Ann (Peterson) Bambrough - Class of 1965

CROSS PLAINS / MADISON - Josephine Ann Bambrough, age 67, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg. She was born on Aug. 21, 1947, in Madison, the daughter of John and Rosemary (Montalto) Peterson Jr. Josephine was an avid sports fan, and especially enjoyed the Badgers, Packers, Cubs and watching local golfers. She loved watching softball throughout the years. She was a coach for East Madison Little League and served a term as league president. She would do anything for her children, and never missed any of their events through the years. Her family was very important to her. She will be remembered for her great, quick wit. People who met her instantly loved her and will always remember her. Josephine is survived by her two children, Andrea Bambrough of Sun Prairie, and Dan Bambrough of Cross Plains and their father, Howard Bambrough of Kevil, Ky.; her mother, Rosemary Peterson of Fitchburg; two brothers, Andrew (Rob) Einer-Peterson and John (Sue) Peterson; a sister, Toni Peterson; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father, John Peterson Jr.; three nieces, Laura Peterson, Connie Bambrough, and Debbie Olson; nephew, Robert Robinson Jr.; two brothers-in-law, Richard Bambrough and Mickey Olson; and a sister-in-law, Shirley "Poochie" Olson. The family would like to extend their thanks for the care provided by Agrace HospiceCare, the staff at UW Health, Oregon, Meriter Hospital, and family and friends for their support. A celebration of life gathering will be from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., Madison. Tributes in memory of Josephine will be directed to Agrace HospiceCare and a Scholarship Fund for an East High School softball athlete.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 14, 2014. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968). 

 Josie Peterson's Class year is based on information in the 1965 Tychoberahn, where she is pictured among the members of the Senior Class.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Obituary: Anthony "Tony" Balsamo - Class of 1963

ONALASKA - Anthony "Tony" Balsamo passed away at his Onalaska home on Sept. 1, 2014, after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 69 years old. Tony was born in Madison to Pasquale and Maria Balsamo. He was a 1963 graduate of Madison Central High School. Tony’s genuine care for others and his vibrant, joyful personality made him a wonderful salesman. He sold men’s clothing for the Hub in Madison, sold men’s clothing on the road, and sold liquor and wine for Gateco and Quillin’s. Tony was the proprietor of Mr. T’s Airport Lounge from 1978 to 1990 at the La Crosse Municipal Airport. Tony owned La Crosse Dance Centre with his wife, Colleen, from 1984 until his passing, and owned Vinny’s Runway at the La Crosse Regional Airport with his son, Jason, from 2004 until his passing. In 1974, Tony married the love of his life, Colleen (Gallagher). They had two children, Nikki Balsamo and Jason "Vinny" Balsamo, both of Onalaska. Tony was a loving, sensitive, compassionate husband, father, grandpa, uncle, and friend. He is survived by his wife, daughter, and son; daughter-in-law, Erin (Gollnik) Balsamo; and the light of his life, his granddaughter, Giana Balsamo. He is also survived by a large extended family, all of whom he loved very much. His father and mother; sister, Pauline La Breche; brother, Joseph Balsamo; nephew, Jimmy La Breche; niece, Jeanie Becker; and great-nephew, Kevin Severson, preceded him in death. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, at 11 a.m., at ST. PATRICK’S CATHOLIC CHURCH, in Onalaska. Burial will be in the Onalaska City Cemetery. Friends may call at the SCHUMACHER-KISH FUNERAL & CREMATION SERVICES of Onalaska, 907 Sand Lake Road, Onalaska, on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., and at the church on Friday, from 10 a.m. until the time of the services. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.  

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 4, 2014. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968).

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Obituary: John Michael Sweeney - Class of 1963

MADISON - John Michael Sweeney, age 70, passed away Wednesday morning, Aug. 13, 2014, at the VA Hospital. John was the first born to John and Marion Sweeney on March 15, 1944. He graduated from Madison Central High, class of 1963, and then Madison Fire Department, class of 1969. John served in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1968 during the Vietnam War, where he was exposed to Agent Orange. He retired after 27 years of service with the Madison Fire Department. John enjoyed exploring/traveling all the corners of the United States during the cold Wisconsin winters and camping with his family in the summers in his motorhome. He also loved bargain hunting, garage sales, boating, fishing, and was a green fisted gardener. John was a man that could only be described by the way he lived. John is survived by his wife of 44 years, Sandra (Stassi); son, Jeff (Teresa); daughter, Michelle (Brian) Metcalf; grandchildren, Caila, Cory, Kiera, Keegan, and Courtney; sister, Mary; brother, Tom; and many other relatives. A "celebration of life" memorial service will be held at the VFW POST 1318, 133 E. Lakeside St., Madison, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014. Fire Department and Military Honors will take place at the VFW at 3 p.m. on Sunday. A special thanks to the staff of VA Hospice and Agrace HospiceCare for their care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations to VA Hospice, 2500 Overlook Terrace, Madison, WI 53705, or Agrace HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI 53711, would be appreciated. We will remember and love you forever.

 Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on August 17, 2014. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Obituary: Terry L. (Burrows) Orvold - Class of 1965

SUMMER, Wash. / MADISON [Wisconsin] - Terry L. (Burrows) Orvold [age 67], family at her side, went to Heaven's light in Sumner, Wash., to be with her dappled Dachshund, red and white Bassett Hound and cats, on June 22, 2014. Terry was a loving Granny, an awesome soccer and baseball mom, wonderful sister, aunt, long-time friend, animal rescuer and a great Nurse. Terry was born to Aggie and Herbie Burrows in Jan. 1947 in Madison, graduated from Central University High school with a 4 year scholarship to the UW where she earned her Bachelors degree in Nursing; Terry practiced as an RN in hospitals in Wisconsin and Minnesota and after moving to Washington State was a Nurse Case-manager until she retired. Terry was both a Packers Backer and a Seahawks "12th man" loudest fan. Terry will be missed greatly by her two sons, Gabriel N. Orvold and his wife, Jaimie, precious grandchildren, Julianna Grace and Grayden Jase, and Benjamin J. Orvold and his wife, Corey ; her sister, Cathy Swanson-Hayes (John Hayes); nieces and nephews, Amelia Swanson (Rick), Peter Swanson- -godchild (Chelsea), Emily Burrows; and sister-in-law, Laurel Peterson; childhood, high school and college good friends, Dianna and Jean Fowles, Nancy Ellis Schuttenhelm and Susanne Seifert Treichel. Terry's younger brother, Ron Burrows passed-on in Madison, three weeks after Terry. Friends and family have made donations to Animal Rescue organizations in Terry's and Ron's names. Thank you Terry for your loving care of the persons and animals around you. We are grateful.  

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on August 10, 2013 (submitted by Michael Vahldieck, Class of 1968) 

Note: Terry Burrows was Secretary of the Class of 1965