Sunday, March 23, 2003

Obituary: Harold Eugene Kundert - Class of 1929

MADISON - Harold Eugene Kundert, age 91, died on March 20, 2003, at Meriter Hospital. He was born May 12, 1911, in New Glarus, Wis. the third child of Rudolph J. Kundert and Alma S. Kundert (yes, Alma's maiden name was also Kundert, but not related!) He attended school in New Glarus until age 16. The family then moved to Madison and he graduated from Madison Central High School. Harold worked for several banks until 1942, when he joined the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC). He retired from FDIC 32 years later. On February 20, 1944, he married Helen J. Hogan of Waunakee and in the next three years they had three sons, Rudy, Michael and Paul. They first lived in Indianapolis, and then Wausau, Wis., Appleton, Wis. and finally Madison, Wis. After Helen died on August 31, 1980, Harold moved to Lake Havasu City, Ariz. where Rudy, a Catholic Priest, was pastor of a parish. As he got older he decided that he wanted to be closer to his brother and sisters and moved back to Madison in 1991. He lived in the Meriter Towers and after suffering a heart attack and two strokes in 1998 he moved to the Meriter Health Care Center. He is survived by sons, Paul and his wife Kathy Kundert of Green Bay, Wis., and Michael, and his wife Julie of Evanston, Ill. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Josh, Mark and Casey. Finally he is survived by his extended family, and all of the staff and neighbors at the Meriter Health Care Center. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother Palmer; his sisters Mariam (Arthur) Hannum, Pauline (Frank) Bergman and Viola (Edward) Hansen. Also his wife Helen died in 1980 and a son, Rudy, in 1998. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. RAPHAEL'S CATHEDRAL, 222 W. Main St., Madison, on Monday, March 24, 2003, at 10 a.m. The Rev. Stan Drongowski, O.P. will officiate with burial in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call at JOYCE-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 5701 Odana Road, on Sunday, March 23, 2003, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Friends may also call at the church on Monday from 9 a.m. until the service time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Diabetes Foundation or the V Foundation., Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home 5701 Odana Road 608-274 1000

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 23, 2003

Harold Kundert's class year is based in information in the 1929 Tychoberahn, where he is pictured among the members of the June graduating class.

Saturday, March 08, 2003

Obituary: George Arthur Barry

WHITEWATER - George Arthur Barry, age 72, a longtime resident of Lake Bluff, Ill., and more recently Whitewater, died in Naples, Fla., Wednesday, March 5, 2003., Mr. Barry was born in Madison, Wis., Nov. 12, 1930., He attended St. Raphael Grade School and Central High School. He was a member of the armed forces and served in Japan and Korea. He graduated from Whitewater State College, in 1956. After coaching and teaching at Durand (Illinois) High School, for three years he came to Lake Forest (Illinois) High School in 1959, where he taught biology and coached freshman football. In fall 1966 he became head varsity football coach and coached for 21 years. During this time the team won nine conference championships and reached the Illinois state playoffs six times. The team overall record was 127 wins, 61 losses, and four ties. He also coached the swim and the lacrosse teams. He retired in 1987 after 31 years of continuous service. He was also a member of the Hall Of Fame at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and the Coaches Hall of Fame at the University of Illinois. After retirement he attended and participated in the senior games, gaining recognition and honors in track and field, biking, and swim events. A longtime friend and colleague, James Benton, had this to say: "I remember George Barry as a very moral man, a good Catholic, and a fine husband and father. He was soft-spoken and a true 'gentleman' whom I shall always remember that way." He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joan LaPlant Barry; son, John (Sheila) of Naples, Fla.; daughters, Jill (Tom) Jensen of Green Bay, and Molly of Seattle, Wash.; four, grandchildren, Jessica and Austin Barry, and Thomas and, George Jensen; brother, Richard (Sharon) of Madison; and sister, June (Gil) Smith of Tonawanda, N.Y. He was preceded in death by his parents, H James and Theresa Barry; brothers, Thomas, Edward, Henry and Carl; and sisters, Marion, Gertrude and Evelyn. A funeral Mass for Mr. Barry will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 12, 2003, at ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Whitewater. Visitation will begin at 10 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Marinette. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The W Club at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 8, 2003