Sunday, November 23, 2003

Obituary: Maureen A. (Scoles) Lovejoy - Class of 1955

MADISON - Maureen A. Lovejoy, age 65, of Madison, died on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003, in a Madison hospital surrounded by her family following a long battle with lung disease. She was born on Dec. 15, 1937, in Baraboo the daughter of Thomas and Esther (Hand) Scoles. She graduated from Central High School in 1955. She worked for American Family Insurance for more than 23 years until retirement in 2001. Maureen was a member of St. Bernard's Catholic Church. She enjoyed computers, especially surfing the 'net, and also enjoyed fall drives in the country and going out for dinner. She married Lee Lovejoy on Nov. 26, 1955, in Madison. In addition to her husband, Lee, she is survived by three children, Terri (Mac) Roberts of Madison, Linda (Robert) Boone of Madison, and Keith (Michele Welsh) Lovejoy of Mazomanie. She is also survived by two sisters, Marlene (Pete) Adams of Montello, and Theresa Searight of Beaver Dam; two brothers, Bill (Debbie) Parnel of California, and Robert Scoles of Madison; four grandchildren, Charles and Matthew Roberts, and Lorena and Cody Lovejoy; great-grandson, Jaylen Hayes; many nieces, nephews and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be held at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., on Monday, Nov. 24, 2003, at 5:30 p.m. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from 4 p.m. until the time of the service. Monsignor Michael Hippee will officiate. She was a good friend to all and best friend to many. Someday we'll meet again, my love Someday whenever the spring breaks through Youll come to me out of the long ago Warm as the wind, soft as the kiss of snow Till then my sweet Think of me now and then God speed my love 'til you are mine again Ryan Funeral Home 2418 N. Sherman Ave. (608) 249-8257

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

Sunday, November 16, 2003

Obituary: George W. Icke - Class of 1929

MADISON - George W. Icke, age 92, peaceably ended an extraordinary life at Attic Angel Place, Madison, on Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003. He was the youngest son of John F. Icke and Della Wyman and was born in Madison on April 26, 1911. Except for a brief stint in the Civilian Conservation Corps at Durand, he lived in Madison all his life. He attended Randall School, Central High School, and Madison West High School. He graduated in the Class of 1933, from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in Civil Engineering. He was the principal officer of Icke and Pankow and then Icke Construction Co. Inc., which grew from an original partnership of John F. Icke, his father, and Theodore J. Pankow. He served in this capacity for nearly 60 years. During this long tenure he had the good fortune to see Madison grow in every direction many times over, but his particular interest was the development of the Greenbush area near south Madison where many of the descendants of the original Italian workforce employed by his father lived. He was also active in the general business community of Madison where he was one of the founding directors of both WKOW-TV and the Westgate Bank. He was a member of Christ Presbyterian Church for nearly 80 years, had long tenures in Downtown Rotary (President 1973), the Madison Technical Club, the Madison Club (President 1968), Maple Bluff Country Club, the Madison Friends of the Arboretum, the Madison Stamp Club, and his favorite "crony" group, the Bushwackers. George's interests were formed during the 1920s when he and his siblings, Helen, Phil, and Paul supplied the lion's share of labor in the family truck garden in the new, raw subdivision of the Highlands. His interest in gardening, hoeing weeds, and collecting produce resulted from these early times. The distribution of the produce in more recent times was legendary. Growing things made him feel good and this grew into financial support for both the Arboretum and Olbrich Gardens. At age 92, George was very nearly the last man standing in his contemporary group. This was a fact that gave him pride and lonesome regret in equal parts. He greatly missed his two wives who predeceased him. He will be missed in this world by all those whose lives he touched with his sly grin, clever puns, humor, and genuine appreciation. George was a leader who led by example and nearly everyone who ever worked for Icke Construction Co. Inc. would agree that the most fitting monuments to him would be a statue of a shoveler using his knees properly or his hand reaching up with the famous white handkerchief calling for attention "over here!" He is survived by his children, John (Karen) Icke, Madison, Joan (Tad) Dunn, Madison, Virginia (Jeanette) Brown, Philadelphia, Pa., and Philip (Tara) Icke, Madison; grandchildren, Elizabeth Cross, Madison, Julie Dunn, Durango, Colo., Janet Todd, Richmond, Va., Abigail Bloedorn, Fort Collins, Colo., Robert Icke, Madison, Diana Icke, Washington, D.C., Alexander Brown, Issaquah, Wash., and Lindsay Brown, Denver, Colo. He was preceded in death by his two wives, Virginia Black, and Mary White; and a great-grandchild, Petra Bloedorn, Fort Collins, Colo. Memorials may be made to the Madison Rotary Foundation, the UW Arboretum, or the Great Performance Fund in care of the Madison Community Foundation. Visitation will be Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Rd., Madison. Funeral services will be at ATTIC ANGEL PLACE in January 2004. A family memorial service will be held in the Highlands in the spring.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on November 16, 2003

Note: George Icke's class year is based on information in the 1929 Tychoberahn, where his photo is included among those of the February Class. He is also lsited at the vice-president of the February 1929 class.

Friday, November 14, 2003

Obituary: Mary (Baldatorra) Queram

MADISON - Mary (Baldarotta) Queram, age 80, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was born in Paceco, Sicily, in 1923 and came to America in 1927 with her family to the land of opportunity. She spent her childhood in the Greenbush area of Madison and was very proud of her Italian heritage and upbringing. It was at this early age that she learned the importance of family and friends and she carried those values to adulthood and made a great impact on the people she met and loved. She attended Central High School and was a state of Wisconsin employee for many years until she met her husband, John, in 1959. They were both in their late 30s when they met and married in 1960. They always said that their marriage was, made in heaven., Their marriage of 42 years was filled with joy and happiness and they served as a role model for many younger couples in their neighborhood by always seeing the big picture and putting family first. Mary was the ultimate Mom to her three children, Anna, John and Frank. She gave them the freedom to make their own decisions backed by the values she instilled in them. Mary was the most social person you have ever met. She could talk and relate with anyone she ever met and never prejudged anyone. She had a great sense of humor and was always most interested in bringing up the spirits of others rather than thinking of herself. Mary loved family gatherings, playing cards, cooking and being a mom, grandmother and sister. She was a very proud aunt and saw her nieces and nephews as her own. Mary had seven grandchildren whom she loved dearly. She always wanted to see their schoolwork and read them books and was most proud of the people they were becoming. Her family values will continue through this legacy. Mary is survived by Anna Queram (Brian Ertmer) and their children, Nick, Stephen and Maria, all of Mequon, John (Kelly) Queram and their children, John, Joe, Bobby and Katie, all of Waterford, and Frank (Jennifer) Queram of Waunakee; her brother, Nick (Karen) Baldarotta of Madison; and sister, Fran (Jim) Zirkel of Madison. She was preceded in death by her parents, Guiseppe and Antonette Baldarotta; her husband, John; and her brother, Tony. Memorial services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, 2003, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison. Visitation will be held from noon until 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003, at the funeral home. Her family wishes to thank the many people who helped Mary in her later years. She had a great network of support with special thanks to Nick and Karen Baldarotta and Jim and Fran Zirkel. A special thank you also to St. Marys Care Center for their care and support, and a special hello to her friends at Copps. Cress Funeral Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on November 14, 2003

Wednesday, November 12, 2003

Obituary: Erin "Ace" Karp

MADISON - Lt. Col. Erin, Ace, Karp, age 83, died on Monday, Nov. 10, 2003. He proudly served his country in World War II and participated in D-Day+1. He was a decorated hero and was awarded a Purple Heart. Additional patriotic activities included being parade marshal for Madison s Memorial Day parades, coordinating Flag Day ceremonies, serving as an officer of the Wisconsin Purple Heart, and volunteering for the Veterans Hospital and the Wisconsin Veterans Museum. He returned to Madison after World War II, earned a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Wisconsin and became the director of youth programs for the Madison Community Center and its popular program, The Loft., After the closing of, The Loft, Ace was a special education teacher and counselor at Madison East High School. Ace was a star athlete for Madison Central High School in basketball, track and softball and was named to the all-city teams for basketball and softball. He was captain of the UW freshman basketball team and played UW varsity basketball. His shooting prowess earned him recognition as the Big 8 scoring champ. Ace loved Madison, two servings of any dessert, the gang at George s Park Street Shoe Repair, and talking with generations of Madisonians. Ace is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Yvonne Naset of Madison; son, Gary (Michaela) Karp of Paris, France; daughter, Cynthy (Ken) Mandl of Richfield, Minn.; three grandchildren, Karen, Kelsey and Dave Mandl; and sister Norma Klagos of Madison. He was preceded in death by parents, Iver and Molly (Epstein) Karp. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 14, 2003, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison. Burial with full military honors will follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may greet the family from noon until the time of the service on Friday. Cress Funeral Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Originally published on the Wisconsin State Journal on November 12, 2003

Sunday, November 09, 2003

Obituary: John LeRoy Bailey

MADISON - John LeRoy Bailey, age 78, passed away peacefully on Friday, Nov. 7, 2003, surrounded by his loving family at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center. John was born on May 1, 1925, in Madison, to John E. and Mabel (Thorstad) Bailey. John was a lifelong member of Bethel Lutheran Church where he served as an usher for 30 years. He attended school in Madison at Brayton and Doty schools. He graduated from Central High School. He was united in marriage to Sylvia Gunderson on May 22, 1948, at Bethel Lutheran Church. John enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II and was stationed in the South Pacific. For more than 30 years he worked in the automotive industry, retiring from Don Miller in 1990, where he made many lifetime friends. After retirement, John and Sylvia moved to Montello, and volunteered with the Marquette Co. Food Banks and Marquette Co. Senior Citizens, installing messenger units. They then returned to Madison to be closer to family, which was the center of their life. John is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Sylvia; sons, John D. (Julie) of Madison, and Jerry (Ann) of Cross Plains; daughters, Judy (Jim) Vallier of New Mexico, and Karen Jacob of Madison; grandchildren, John T., Matthew, Jeffrey, and Gregory Bailey, Robyn and Katherine Vallier, and Katherine, Allison and Scott Jacob; his sisters, Alice (Earl) Oelhafen of Rockford, Ill., and Dorothy Cole of Monona; and brother-in-law, David Gunderson of Land O, Lakes, Wis. John was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Janet Huff, and Celoris Grady; mother- and father-in-law, Karen and Henry Gunderson; and sister-in-law, Dorothy Gunderson. Services will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003, at the GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Curtis Everson presiding. Entombment will follow at Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home., The Bailey family would like to thank Kelly Fisher, RN, and the entire HospiceCare staff for their wonderful care and support. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI 53711. Gunderson East Funeral Home 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on November 9, 2003

Sunday, November 02, 2003

Obituary: Marilyn Ann (Kraak) Steinmen

MADISON - Marilyn Ann Steinman, age 70, of Madison, died on Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003, at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center. She was born on Jan. 13, 1933, in Madison, the daughter of Martin and Mary (McCloskey) Kraak., Marilyn graduated from Central High School. She worked as a budget administrator for Forest Products Laboratory for 28 years. After retirement, Marilyn worked as a bookkeeper for Leske's Supper Club. She is survived by her daughter, Jodi (Robert) Bone of Raleigh, N.C.; two grandchildren, Melissa and Joseph Bone of Raleigh, N.C.; two sisters, Claudette (Gary) Goth of Mountain View, Calif., and Patricia (Richard) Lehnherr of Madison; three nieces, Paulette, Shelli and Chanda; and a nephew, Jeffrey. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents. Private family services will be held. The family wishes to express their appreciation to the staff of the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center, to which memorials may be made. Gunderson East Funeral Home 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on November 2, 2003