Wednesday, July 30, 2003

Obituary: David Gordon "Goose" Gildin

MADISON - David Gordon "Goose" Gildin, age 89, of Madison, died on Monday, July 28, 2003. He was born on Dec. 1, 1913, in Madison, the son of David and Mary (Landpop) Gildin. Dave graduated from Central High School. He married Jennie F. Bailey on June 14, 1942, at Trinity Lutheran Church. Jennie preceded him in death on Nov. 1, 1997. Dave was a staff sergeant with the 381st Bomb Group, 535th Squadron, stationed in Ridgewell, England, where he was a tailgunner on a B-17. He flew 31 combat missions receiving many air medals, including three Oak Leaf Clusters and a Distinguished Flying Cross. Dave retired from the U.S. Postal Service in 1975. He is survived by two daughters, Jolynn (Roger) Attoe and Barbara (Darryl) Sullivan, both of Poynette; five grandchildren, Bob (Ann) Halverson of Germantown, David (Cathy) Halverson of Verona, John (Stephanie) Halverson of Green Bay, Derek (Stephanie Lawrence) Sullivan of Madison, and Megan (Nathan Rucker) Sullivan of Minneapolis; six great-grandchildren, Jennie Lynn, Alek David, Alan John, Connor Daniel, Eric Robert and Olivia Kroll; and his special cat, Kaley. Dave was preceded in death by his sister, Mary, in 1999. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, on Thursday, July 31, 2003, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Bill Berg presiding. Burial will be in Roselawn Memorial Park where military graveside honors will be conducted. Friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the services. Memorials may be made to the Dane County Humane Society. Dad, we love you and will miss you but we know you are at peace now that you are together again with mom. Gunderson East Funeral Home (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 30, 2003

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

Obituary: Lawrence "Larry" Shapiro - Class of 1965

MADISON - Lawrence "Larry" Shapiro, age 56, died peacefully, surrounded by his family, at home of cancer on Monday July 21, 2003. Larry was born on Oct. 19, 1946, in Madison, the son of Herman and Ann (Robinson) Shapiro. He married Barbara Roth on May 26, 2002. Larry was a lifelong resident of Madison, as were his parents. He graduated from Central High School in 1965 and later obtained a master's of social work degree from the University of Wisconsin. Larry owned and operated Quality Collision Repair and Refinishing for more than 20 years. He was a vibrant and enthusiastic supporter of several community organizations, including the Madison Jewish Community Council, of which he had served as president. His activities reached beyond the Jewish community to organizations such as the Urban League of Madison and Madison AIDS Support Network. He took great pleasure in working to make Madison a better home for all its residents. Larry had boundless love for his family and is survived by his mother, Ann; wife, Barbara Roth; brother Dann (Georgette) of Greenland, N.H.; son, Gabriel (Emily) of St. Paul, Minn.; daughter, Dena of Cleveland, Ohio; nephew, Randy Boss, his wife, Janet, and their son, Luke, of Stevenson Ranch, Calif.; and niece, Danielle Caturano (Jason) of North Reading, Mass. Larry also leaves behind many dearly loved cousins, aunts and an uncle, as well as the many, many friends he so deeply cherished. Larry was preceded in death by his father, Herman. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday July 23, 2003, at 11 a.m. at TEMPLE BETH EL, 2702 Arbor Drive, Madison. Rabbi Jan Brahms will officiate. Burial will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the UW-Madison Comprehensive Cancer Center, K4/658 CSC, 600 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53792-0001; Urban League of Madison, 151 E. Gorham St., Madison, WI 53703; Alzheimer's Association, 517 N. Segoe Road, Suite No. 301, Madison, WI 53705; or the Madison Jewish Community Council, 6434 Enterprise Lane, Madison, WI 53719-1117. Cress Funeral Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 22, 2003

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Monday, July 21, 2003

Obituary: Howard W. Meiller

MADISON - Howard W. Meiller, age 97, passed away on Saturday, July 19, 2003. He was born July 21, 1905, the only child of Clarence and Elida (Morrick) Meiller. Howard was a member of the last class to graduate from the old Madison High School. He was employed for many years by the 3 F Laundry and was a housekeeper at the Edgewater Hotel. Howard was a big UW football, basketball, and boxing fan and was a W Club security guard for many years. Howard and his late wife, "Honey" traveled the US, Europe, Africa and Russia. He is survived by a daughter, Marilyn (Arley); a son, Thomas (Rene); six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two nephews and a niece. Services will be private. The family wishes to thank HospiceCare and the staff at Wynwood East, for their care and support. Special thanks to the neighbors on East Dayton Street who performed many acts of kindness that enabled Howard to remain in his home well into his 90's., Cress Funeral &, Cremation Service, 6021 University Avenue, (608) 238-8406

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 21, 2003

Thursday, July 17, 2003

Obituary: Dorothy "Marion" (Hansen) Hines

MADISON - Dorothy "Marion" Hines, age 78, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 15, 2003, at St. Marys Hospital, surrounded by her family after a brief illness. She was born on June 17, 1925, in Racine, Wis., the youngest of eight children, a daughter of Alfred and Thora (Petersen) Hansen. Marion became a part of Madison when she moved in with her sister and brother-in-law, Jane and Harold Gabbei. She graduated from Madison Central High School and has been an East Side Madison resident ever since. She enjoyed working for Allstate Insurance and the special friendships that developed there. Marion married George C. Hines and had four children, who she later raised as a single parent. She shared her values in raising her children to appreciate family and other social connections. We always said there was no such thing as a "dash" somewhere, because Mom knew everyone and had to stop to talk to each of them. Marion was a strong, independent woman of tradition and principle. As Frank Sinatra sang in the famous song, "My Way," Mom did it her way. It was always a joy to listen to her stories of her growing years and the life she dedicated to her children and grandchildren. Marion leaves behind many dear friends and family members. She is survived by four children, Charlene (Mike) Dolfen and children, Alyssa and Tyson, of Cottage Grove, Janet (Joseph) Orella and children, Bradley and Haley, of Marshfield, Roy (Joni) Hines and son, Lucas, of Marshall, and Christine (Craig) Pfister and daughter, Jennifer Hewuse, and stepchildren, Nick and Emily Pfister; a sister, Verna LaPlante; and nieces, nephews and cousins, including a special niece, Marlene (Gary) Markhardt and children, Paul and Karl. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, at noon on Saturday, July 19, 2003, with the Rev. David Michael of Lake Edge United Church of Christ presiding. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park. Friends may call at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, July 18, 2003. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave., Madison, WI 53704, or East Madison/Monona Coalition of Aging Senior Day Center, 4142 Monona Drive, Madison, WI 53716. A special thank you to all of Marion's caregivers at Dean Clinic and St. Marys Hospital over the years. Gunderson East Funeral Home (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 17, 2003

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Obituary: Lyell C. Tullis

SEATTLE, WASH./JANESVILLE Lyell C. Tullis, at age 89, passed away on Thursday, June 17, 2003, and joined his beloved wife, Margaret, at a celebration of their 59th wedding anniversary at heaven's gate. At the celebration he was joined by his two, sisters, Alice and Helen; and his parents. Lyell was born on March 11, 1914, in Brooklyn, Wis., and attended Madison High School before pursuing his engineering degree at the University of Wisconsin. As a young mechanical engineer, he worked at Baker Manufacturing in Evansville, and then moved on to Gilman Engineering in Janesville. While there, in the early 1950s, he became chief engineer. In this position, he was instrumental in designing the "transfer assembly line," an automotive automatic assembly,, first in the auto industry. In the early 1960s, he became vice president and was very influential in many of Gilman's other engineering accomplishments. Under his authority he was able to expand the company's 25 engineers and draftsmen to around 100. To help give back to society, he was a member of the Kiwanis Club and an active member of St. John Vianney Catholic Church for over 30 years. As a beloved family member, he preceded his brother, Edgar; his nine children: Richard (Mary Kay) of San Francisco, twins, Jean and Judy, Mary, John (Kathy) of Seattle, Wash., Cathy (Tom) of Orlando, Fla., Michael (Nancy) of Houston, Texas, James and Allie; 14 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren to heaven's gates. He will be greatly remembered as a loving father and grandfather and a friend with a wonderful sense of humor. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 19, 2003, at ST. JOHN VIANNEY CATHOLIC CHURCH, Janesville. Following the service all are invited to join the family at a luncheon at Alfresco Cafe in the Best Western Motel on Highway 26 North, from noon until 2 p.m.

Originally published in the Wisconsn State Journal on July 15, 2003