Thursday, December 20, 2001

Obituary: William Harold Ferris, Sr.

MADISON [Wisconsin] - William Harold Ferris Sr., age 92, died peacefully at Oakwood Village on Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2001. He was born on Sept. 26, 1909, in Madison, the son of Albert Eugene Ferris and Mary Isabel (Butler) Ferris. Bill married Margaret Arline Parkin on Dec. 21, 1935. Bill graduated from Longfellow School, Madison Central High School, and the University of Wisconsin School of Electrical Engineering in Madison. He worked for Madison Gas and Electric and Kennedy Dairy prior to joining Wisconsin Power and Light Company in 1937. He retired as senior vice president in 1974 after more than 37 years with the utility. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II as a radar maintenance officer on the U.S.S. Chenango. He was a registered professional engineer and was active in numerous civic, community and industry activities, including the Golden K Kiwanis. He was a charter member of Heritage Congregational Church. Bill was active in amateur athletics at Madison Central High School, Kennedy Dairy and the UW-Madison. He was an avid golfer and was a member of Nakoma Golf Club for more than 25 years. Survivors include his four daughters, Gwen (Jerry) Splinter of Adams-Friendship, Susan (Jerry) Carter of Madison. Sally (Glenn) Kirsch of New Hampshire, and Mary (Ron) Ruble of Oregon, Wis.; a son, Tom Ferris (LeAnne Puntney) of Madison; a brother, Robert Gregory (Jerrie) Ferris of Virginia; 10 grandchildren, Jerry (Jackie) Splinter Jr. of Milton, Debra (J.R.) Brimmer of Sun Prairie, Pam (Jeff) Johnson of North Freedom, Kristin Carter (Dan) Eschrich of Illinois, Rick (Kelli) Carter of Illinois, Krista Kisch of Texas, Michael Kisch of California, Bob Ferris of Madison, Mike Ferris (Linda Czar) of New Berlin, and Tricia Ferris of Madison; 14 great-grandchildren; two daughters-in-law, Connie Ferris (John) Bailey and Aileen Ferris, both of Madison; a special friend, Beatrice David of Madison; and a cousin, John (Jinny) Butler of Madison; and nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret; a son, William H. Ferris Jr. (former Dane County sheriff); his parents; and two brothers, Raymond (Fern) Ferris and Stanley (Jane) Ferris. The family wants to thank a special friend, Jack Zwettler; Lisa Boehlke and the other caregivers at Hospice; the physicians at UW Health; and the caregivers at Oakwood for all their help to Bill and his family during his illness. Please join the family at HERITAGE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, 3102 Prairie Road, Madison, on Friday, Dec. 21, 2001, at 11 a.m. in a service of celebration. Following the service there will be a gathering of family and friends at the church. A lunch will be served. Burial will be in the Protestant Cemetery, Mazomanie, following lunch. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in Bill's name to Heritage Congregational Church, HospiceCare or the Oakwood Foundation. Cress Funeral Service (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 20, 2001; submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968)

Tuesday, December 18, 2001

Obituary: Harold E. "Jake" Jacobson

PLANTATION, FLA. - Harold E. "Jake" Jacobson, age 91, of Plantation, Fla., died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001. He was born March 16, 1910, in Racine, Wis. He attended Madison Central High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jake was a speed skater and proudly held the Madison city championship for three years in his high school and college years. Jake traveled the world while serving in the Merchant Marines during World War II and traveled the U.S. during the Great Depression. He settled in Madison, where he worked for Mautz Paint for more than 40 years. On Feb. 7, 1948, he married his lifelong love, Hazel Eken, who preceded him death June 29, 1988. They had two daughters, Dyanne Van Den Heuvel (Dennis) and Gail Krinsky (Keith); and four beloved grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Zachery Van Den Heuvel, and Brooke and Adam Krinsky. Jake was a talented artist who created beautiful carved ducks and songbirds. He will be remembered for his patience, his devotion to family and his quiet, easy going disposition. Burial will be Thursday, Dec. 27, 2001, at noon at FOREST HILL CEMETERY, Madison. Arrangements are by T.M. Ralph Plantation Funeral Home. (954) 587-6888

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 18, 2001; submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968)

Sunday, December 16, 2001

Obituary: Kenneth G. Lutterman - Class of 1947

POTOMAC, MD. - Kenneth G. Lutterman, age 72, of Potomac, Md., died unexpectedly on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2001, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Born in Blackhawk, Wis., he moved to Madison with his family in 1942. He was a 1947 graduate of Madison Central High School. He received his B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In 1952 he married Jean Leonard, whom he met at the campus Lutheran Student Association while she was working on a graduate degree in piano performance. After teaching at St. Olaf College, he returned to UW as a postdoctoral fellow in 1962, and afterwards held an appointment as an assistant professor of sociology at the university. In 1968 he joined the staff of the National Institute of Mental Health and had a distinguished career during his 31 years of service there. He was an associate director of services and intervention research, and he was well known for his advocacy of social work research. He was also noted for making research opportunities available to benefit minority populations, and he was dedicated to efforts to provide better services for the people of South Africa, who had suffered under apartheid. His many honors include the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association and the CSWE President's Award for contributions to the development of research in social work. After his retirement from NIMH in 1999, he became assistant dean for research at the School of Social Work at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is survived by his wife, Jean; daughter, Ann Lutterman-Aguilar (German) of Cuernavaca, Mexico; and sons, John of El Cerrito, Calif., Ted (Susan) of Potomac, Md., and Mark (Sharon) of Minneapolis, Minn. Donations in his memory may be sent to the Ken Lutterman scholarship fund at the University of Michigan School of Social Work, 1080 S. University Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109, or to the Amy Biehl Foundation (to support its work in South Africa), PO Box 14, La Quinta, CA 92253. Friends may send notes to Jean Lutterman, 8103 Inverness Ridge Road, Potomac, MD 20853.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 16, 2001; submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968)

Friday, December 14, 2001

Obituary: Max Joseph Victor

MADISON [Wisconsin] - Max Joseph Victor, age 82, a native Madisonian, passed peacefully Thursday, Dec. 13, 2001, surrounded by his family, at Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center. Max was born Feb. 22, 1919, the son of Isadore and Miriam Victor, one of four children, Nathan, Lee, and the late Meyer Victor. He was the beloved husband of Marge (Millard) Victor since Jan. 16, 1946, until forever; father of Lynn Hegge, Bruce (Debbie) Victor, Jonathan (Carrie) Victor, and Sandy (Dan) Wasilewski; grandfather of Rhonda Check, Mark Hegge, Adam and Ryan Victor, Carson Victor, Madison Silverman and Mela Wasilewski; and great-grandfather of five. As a student at Madison Central High School and the University of Wisconsin, Max began building relationships in the community which will endure always and span as many as four generations. A friend to all and a leader by nature, he served his country with the United States Air Force from 1942 to 1948. After returning from his station in Alaska during World War II as a technical sergeant, Max returned home to Madison. In 1958, Max and Marge opened, owned, and operated the "Roman Inn," an institution on Park Street for many years. A senior supervisor with the state of Wisconsin Department of Revenue, Max retired with the governors special recognition and commendation. A "people person" by nature, his retirement didn't last longer than a few years, and he found himself as one of Sam's Club's first employees. Shortly thereafter he recruited Marge to join him on the Sam's Club staff, where they could spend both their days and their nights, together. Services will be held Friday, Dec. 14, 2001, at 11 a.m. at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road. Friends may greet the family Friday from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711. We know we speak for many lives touched. We thought of you with love today But that is nothing new We thought about you yesterday, And the day before that, too. We think of you in silence And we often speak your name. All we have are our memories And your picture in a frame ... Your memory is a keepsake With which we'll never part. God has you in His keeping We keep you in our heart. Cress Funeral Service (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 14, 2001; submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968)