Sunday, May 30, 2004

Obituary: Ruth (Aberle) Godding

VERONA Ruth W. Godding, age 89, of Verona died on Friday, May 28, 2004. She was born on April 24, 1915, in the Township of Madison, the daughter of Max and Hattie (Schimming) Aberle. Ruth graduated from Franklin School and from Central High School in Madison. She was united in marriage to Charles "Les" Godding on Jan. 20, 1930, at Saint Raphael's Cathedral in Madison. They enjoyed 73 wonderful years of marriage together. She spent her years raising five beautiful children and their families. Her many passions included spending time with her family and friends, playing games, square dancing, and spending time at their cabin. She loved to help others in their time of need. Ruth is survived by her husband, Charles "Les" Godding; five children, Ruth (Don) Bongey of Verona, Donna (Don) Walter of Madison, Yvonne (Bob) Lake of North Carolina, Delores (Darrel) Reynolds of Madison, and Bill (Linda) Godding of Cross Plains; 18 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and 6 great-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Bob Aberle; a sister, Elenore Edwards; and a nephew, Norman Edwards. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, June 2, 2004, at the JOYCE-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 118 N. Franklin Street, Verona, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Terry Peterson officiating. Burial will follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday, June 1, 2004, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and again on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of services. Special thanks to Hospice and all of the staff that gave her such wonderful care. She will be dearly missed by all of her grandchildren and those who loved her. Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 118 N. Franklin Street 608-845-6625

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 30, 2004

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Obituary: Carol Agnes King - Class of 1960

MADISON - Carol Agnes King, age 62, of Madison, died on Friday, May 21, 2004, at home. She was born on Aug. 30, 1942, in Madison, the daughter of Gordon and Margie (Rowell) King. Carol graduated from Madison Central High School. She was employed with the state of Wisconsin, Department of Revenue. Carol is survived by her sister, Barb (Joseph) Statz of Madison; a brother, Robert King of South Pasadena, Fla.; nieces, Lori (James) Oakley of Monona, and Karen (Mike) Bultman of Appleton; and a nephew, Fritz (Stephanie) Statz of Madison. She is further survived by other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; and a brother, Dale King. In honoring Carol's wishes, there will be no funeral services. Gunderson East Funeral Home (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 23, 2004

Note: Carol King's class year is based on information in the 1960 Tychoberahn, which includes her senior photo.

Friday, May 07, 2004

Obituary: Charles "Chuck" Kowing - Class of 1936

ROCKFORD, ILL. - Charles "Chuck" Kowing, age 86, of Rockford, Ill., died on Tuesday, May 4, 2004, at Rockford Memorial Hospital. He was born on Sept. 8, 1917, in Madison, to his parents, Rose Esther (O'Brien) and Frank P. Kowing. He graduated from Madison Central High School in 1936. He began an apprenticeship in carpentry with J.H. Findorff and Company where he did millwork for Frank Lloyd Wright during the late 1930s and early 1940s. He was married on Nov. 20, 1940, to Shirley Oler Kowing, his wife of 54 years. He lived 46 years in Rockford, coming from Madison. He was a member of the U.S. Army Air Corps. He received basic training in Missouri and flight training at Texas Tech in Lubbock, Texas. He served in World War II in Algeria, North Africa. He was a self employed carpenter and painter of Trussoni and Kowing Construction Company from 1960 until 1974. He was volunteer fireman of the North West Fire Protection from 1963 until 1997, during which time he became president of the board of trustees. After retiring, he worked with his late wife at the Loft Antique Shop. On Jan. 1, 1997, Charles remarried Mary (Rubey) Kowing in Chicago, Ill. He was also a member of Forest City Woodcrafters and for the last years of his life, he and Mary were a host family to foreign exchange students. He was a host father through the American Field Service to Kwabena "Murphy" Ofori of Ghana, Rodrigo Paz of Bolivia, Ryo Yasue of Japan, and Jose Zapata of Peru. He was also a member of St. Chad's Episcopal Church. Survivors include his wife, Mary Kowing; brothers, Gordon (Carol) Kowing of Madison, and Loren (Janet) Kowing of Madison; several nieces; nephews; and many dear friends. He was predeceased by his former wife, Shirley Kowing; brothers, Dallas, Warren and Richard; and a sister, Lorraine. A funeral service for Charles will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, 2004, at EMMANUEL EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 412 N. Church St., Rockford, Ill., with the Rev. KyungJa Oh officiating. Burial will be at Willwood Burial Park. A visitation will be held at the FITZGERALD FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY, 3910 N. Rockton Ave., Rockford, Ill., on Friday, May 7, 2004, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to St. Chad's Episcopal Church, or Keith Country Day School in honor of the Kowings' children.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 7, 2004