Thursday, April 29, 2004

Obituary: Catherine M. Collins

MADISON - Catherine M. Collins, "Kay" to her many friends, age 96, died on Tuesday, April 27, 2004, at Attic Angel Place, where she was a resident for 15 years. She was born on April 30, 1907, in Madison, the daughter of William H. and Dora (Kinney) Collins. Except for two years teaching in Antigo and three years of working in New York City, she spent all of her life in Madison. She graduated from St. Patrick's Grade School, Madison Central High School and University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she received a B.A. and an M.A. degree. She taught speech and English at East Junior High School and later joined the guidance department at East High School, where she was a school counselor until her retirement in 1972. After retirement she engaged in many volunteer activities, among them, guiding and ushering at the Civic Center. But the thing that made her the happiest was volunteer teaching as an aide on the primary level at St. Patrick's and Lapham schools and then for 20 years at Blessed Sacrament School. For almost her entire life she has been a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Madison and participated in many activities there. She is survived by her sister, Dorothy DeWitt; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; four brothers; and their wives, William K. (Dorothy Adams), John C. (Kathleen Tyler), Paul C. (Burdette Williams), Joseph S. (Helen Hodgson), and Joan Crary; and brother-in-law, Thomas DeWitt. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, April 30, 2004, at ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 404 E. Main St., with Bishop George Wirz officiating. Burial will follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Friday. "I see death not as an ending, but as the last stage in this life - the beginning of a better life in Christ." - Kaye Rafko. Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 5701 Odana Road (608) 274-1000

Originally published in the Wisconsn State Journal on April 29, 2004

Sunday, April 18, 2004

Obituary: David Loy - Class of 1964

STOUGHTON - David H. Loy died on April 16 in Kindred Hospital in Greenfield. He had been battling heart problems for many years and had been in hospitals and a rehabilitation center for over four months. He was born in Madison on April 24, 1945. David grew up in Madison and graduated from Central High School in 1964. He worked for many years as a bartender in Madison. For most of those years, he tended bar at the Caribou Tavern until he had to quit working because of his heart condition. David, from a young age, raised various breeds of pigeons and won many awards for them. He was a member of the Rock River Racers Pigeon Club and had belonged to other Wisconsin racing clubs over the years. For the last seven years, he resided in Stoughton. David is survived by his brothers, William Loy of Knoxsville, Tenn., Richard Loy of Greendale; his sister, Jean Swanson of St. Michael, Minn; and eight nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Howard and Dorothy (Effinger) Loy. A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2004, at THE RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave. Visitation will be held from 2 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home on Wednesday. Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 2418 N. Sherman Ave. 608-249-8257

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on April 18, 2004