Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Obituary: Frank Martinelli

MADISON - Frank J. Martinelli, age 81, of Madison, died on Sunday, June 27, 2004, in his home. Frank was born in Madison, on Sept. 30, 1922, to Pacifico Giovanni Giuseppe and Constancia "Elvira" (Ponti) Martinelli, emigrants from Issolaccia, Italy. Frank was a graduate of Madison Central High School. As a soldier in World War II in the 115th Infantry Regiment, he served in the European Theater and was awarded a purple heart and bronze star. He married Gladys Mary Schey on Oct. 26, 1946, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Sun Prairie. Frank was a grocer for 37 years as owner of Marty's Mart for seven years in Deansville, and Martinelli Market for 30 years on Olin Avenue in Madison. A devoted father and husband, he loved people, the theater, dancing, golf, cards, food, and practical jokes. He was a member of Confraternity of Christian Doctrine for 55 years, the Italian Workmen's Club and the Knights of Columbus. His greatest joy was his family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys; a son, Michael; and his brother, Ernest. He is survived by six children, Linda (Harry) Brokish, Gail (Scott Spoolman) Martinelli, David (Tony Lueck) Martinelli, Philip (Sandra) Martinelli, Julie Martinelli and Daniel (Kate) Martinelli; grandchildren, Jeffrey, Peter, Christopher, Matthew, Gina, Will, Katie, Jason, Jennifer, Rachel, Dominic, Abby and Victor; a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Michael (Lesley) Martinelli; two great-grandchildren, Mackenzie and Bailey; and four sisters-in-law, Marion (Roland) Hunsader of Fort Atkinson, Mabel (Chester) Kuharski of Monona, Irene Schey of Brookfield, and Laura (Emden) Schey of Sun Prairie. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m., with a rosary at 7:30 p.m., on Tuesday, June 29, 2004. Funeral services will be at BLESSED SACRAMENT CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2131 Rowley Ave., Madison, at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2004. Father Patrick Norris, O.P., will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery. Gunderson East Funeral Home 5203 Monona Drive

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 29, 2004

Friday, June 25, 2004

Obituary: Florence Elizabeth (Anderson) Class - Class of 1933

MADISON - Florence Elizabeth Class, age 89, a lifelong Madison resident, passed away on Wednesday, June 23, 2004. She was born on Jan. 18, 1915, the only daughter of Adolph Carl and Eleanor Ann (Rinder) Anderson. She graduated from Central High School and Madison Business College after which she was employed in the office of Gisholt Machine Tool Company. Florence married Ronald P. Halvorsen in 1937. He was a popular grocer on Monroe Street, and they had four children before his untimely death in 1945. In 1956, Florence married George M. Class, an executive with Gisholt. They enjoyed traveling throughout the United States and Europe, and one extended venture around the world. Their home was in Maple Bluff, and they were members of the Madison Club, the Maple Bluff Country Club and Christ Presbyterian Church. Her beloved George died in May 1988. Survivors include four children, Barbara J. Wiechers of Madison, John R. Halvorsen of Port Orange, Fla., Ronald G. Halvorsen of Racine and James P. (Mary) Halvorsen of High Point, N.C.; and two step-children, Marilyn M. (Gordon) Doss of Birmingham, Ala., and Virginia A. (Raymond) Johnston of Madison. She is also survived by many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, John L. Anderson; and two stepsons, John B. Class and George Michael Class Jr. A memorial service will be on Monday, June 28, 2004, at 11 a.m. at CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 944 E. Gorham St., Madison. The family requests that memorials be made to the church in lieu of flowers. Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 2418 N. Sherman Ave. (608) 249-8257

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 25, 2004

Note: Florence Anderson Class's class year is based on information in the 1933 issue of The Orange and Black yearbook, which includes her senior photograph.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

Obituary: Robert W. "Bob" Arndt - Class of 1967

MADISON - Robert W. "Bob" Arndt, age 55, passed away at his home with his sons by his side on Tuesday, June 15, 2004. He was born on March 4, 1949, in Madison, the son of William and Darlene (Johnston) Arndt. For the last 25 years, Bob was a carpenter with the Madison Metropolitan School District. Bob enjoyed hunting, fishing and snowmobiling, to name just a few of his pastimes. Most of all he enjoyed spending time around the kitchen table with his family and friends. He is survived by his two sons, Joseph (Melisa) Arndt of Rio, and David Arndt of Madison, their mother, Dawn (Jerry) Reiter of McFarland; and two precious granddaughters, Olivia and Lily Arndt of Rio. Bob was preceded in death by his sister, Nancy Dodds; and his eldest son, Rick Arndt. A memorial gathering will be held at RYAN FUNERAL HOME 2418 N. Sherman Ave., on Thursday, June 17, 2004, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Private burial will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 2418 N. Sherman Ave. (608) 249-8257

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 16, 2004

Note: Information about Robert Arndt's class year was provided by Sidney Iwanter (Class of 1967).

Friday, June 11, 2004

Obituary: Eleanor Louise Jones Smith - Class of 1928

MADISON - Eleanor Louise Smith, age 93, of Madison, passed away on Tuesday, June 8, 2004 at Meriter Health Care Center, Madison. Eleanor was born in Dodgeville on Feb. 5, 1911, to Lewis Elmer and Sarah (Owens) Jones. Eleanor grew up in Madison, and she graduated from Central High School and UW-Madison. In 1942, she married Edward J. Smith, who later served as a Dane County supervisor and chairman of the Dane County Board. They lived in Mount Horeb, where she taught civics, French and Latin at Mount Horeb High School for many years. Eleanor later served as hall advisor at Chadbourne and Barnard Halls and for the University of Wisconsin Summer Music Clinic until her retirement in 1976. Eleanor was a lifetime member of the Starlite Chapter, No. 283, of the Order of the Eastern Star, and was a past worthy high priestess and life member of the Order of the White Shrine of Jerusalem, Madison Shrine No. 6. She was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary. She enjoyed traveling, playing bridge and dining out. She was preceded in death by her husband, Ed, in 1962; her father, in 1952; her mother, in 1978; and her brother, William Owens Jones, in 1992. Eleanor is survived by her sister-in-law, Colleen Jones of Madison; two nieces, Marianne (Neil) Fauerbach of Madison, and Nancy Jones of Beaver Dam; a nephew, Barry (Mary) Jones of Madison; and six great-nieces and great-nephews, Colleen and Erin Fauerbach, Eric and Andy Davis, and Hannah and Grace Jones. A visitation will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 12, 2004, at LULLOFF-PETERSON-HOUCK FUNERAL HOME, Dodgeville. Following the visitation, there will be a procession to East Side Cemetery for a committal service at noon, where Pastor Jean Bartlett will officiate.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 11, 2004

Note: Eleanor Jones's class year is based on information in the 1928 Tychoberahn, where she is pictured among the June graduates.

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Obituary: Margarita "Peg" Olson Ash

MADISON - Margarita " Peg" Olson Ash, age 95, died on Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at Meriter Hospital from pneumonia and lung complications. She was born in a house on Blair Street on Oct. 26, 1908, the daughter of Oscar C. and Anna M. Olson. Peg grew up in the Gorham Street neighborhood. She attended Lincoln School, Madison Central High School and the UW-Madison where she received her bachelor of arts degree in economics in 1927. Peg was a member of Delta Zeta sorority. She pursued a career in department store sales and management in the Madison, Detroit and Chicago areas. Peg married Philip Louis Ash on May 3, 1931, and together they had two children. During Peg's retail merchandising career she worked with Mandel Brothers, Boston Store, McNiel and Moore, Silverstones, she taught in Milwaukee and later became a successful real estate agent. Peg was a life member of Bethel Lutheran Church. She worked in a variety of community activities in Whitefish Bay, Shorewood, Detroit and Madison. Peg taught decoupage in Shorewood and Madison; she was also a docent for the governor's home in Madison. She is survived by her two children, Philip L. (Ann) Ash Jr., retired U.S. Army colonel, of San Diego, Calif., and Karen (Verne) Bartelt of Janesville; and four grandchildren, Michael P. and Catherine E. Ash of Madison, Beth (Don) Bartelt Oswald of Janesville, and Charles (Di) Bartelt of the Milwaukee area. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 11, 2004, at the Good Shepherd Chapel of BETHEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 312 Wisconsin Ave., Madison. Graveside services will follow at 12:30 p.m. at Forest Hill Cemetery, 1 Speedway Road. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Bethel Lutheran Church. Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 10, 2004

Monday, June 07, 2004

Obituary: Anne Paley Wolman - Class of 1938

MADISON - Anne Paley Wolman, age 82, passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2004, at UW Hospital, of kidney failure. She died as she lived, with strength and grace, surrounded by family members. She was born in Madison on June 11, 1921, the youngest of six children of Rose and Nathan Paley, and in her adult life was the hub of a large and geographically extended family. A warm and generous woman, she was loved by many. Anne earned a bachelor's degree in Labor Economics from the University of Wisconsin. On Sept. 12, 1943, she married J. Martin Wolman, who later became publisher of the Wisconsin State Journal. She was a founder of Youth Services Inc., the Wisconsin State Journal community charity responsible for the Empty Stocking Club. The extraordinary list of community organizations to which she donated time, talent and leadership includes the YWCA, Friends of the Madison Public Library, the Civic Center Foundation, the Madison Civics Club, the Dane County Arts Council, the Madison Art Center, Temple Beth El, Hadassah, the Madison Jewish Community Council, the Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center Council, the Meriter Foundation, Attic Angels, and the Wisconsin Humanities Commission. A lover of life, Anne had an abiding fondness and appreciation for the incredible variety of creative opportunities that made Madison, her beloved hometown, so special. (For almost 60 years, she and her husband had season tickets to UW football games, and she regularly attended theater, concerts, galleries and other cultural events of many stripes; one granddaughter recalls attending a Weird Al Yankovic concert with Anne and Martin when they were in their 70s). At home, she was a voracious and discerning reader. With her husband, Anne traveled widely and enthusiastically, including several large and adventurous family gatherings which she organized. The latest was in March of this year, honoring the Wolman's 60th wedding anniversary. Anne was preceded in death by her daughter, Jane Wolman; her brother, Louis Paley; and her sisters, Belle Samosky, Bess Stein, and Kate Grossman. Survivors include her husband, J. Martin Wolman of Madison; sister, Ida Haaker of San Rafael, Calif.; four married children, Jon (Debbie Lamm) Wolman of Denver, Nicky (David Fulker) Wolman of Boulder, Colo., Lewis (Eletise Wolman) Wolman of American Samoa, and Ruth (Bruce Henderson) Henderson of Boulder; 10 grandchildren, Jacob, Emma, Sophie, Tavie, Homer and Iopa Wolman, Daniel, Timothy and Chad Henderson, and Jessica Leauanae; and three great-grandchildren. Several generations of nieces and nephews also will miss her loving and supportive role in their lives. Services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, June 7, 2004, at TEMPLE BETH EL, 2702 Arbor Drive, with burial to follow at Forest Hill Cemetery. Remembrances may be made to Wisconsin State Journal's Youth Services Inc. (Box 856, Madison, WI 53708), or Temple Beth El (2702 Arbor Drive, Madison, WI, 53711).

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

Note: Anne Paley's class year is based on information in the 1938 Orange & Black yearbook, where she is pictured among the graduating seniors.

Sunday, June 06, 2004

Obituary: John Joseph Gervasi - Class of 1938

MADISON - John Joseph Gervasi, age 86, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 5, 2004, at VA Hospital. He was born on Jan. 23, 1918, in Madison, the son of Vito and Maria (Magro) Gervasi. In 1938, John graduated from Central High School in Madison. On June 22, 1940, he was united in marriage to Arlene Bronson. John served for the U.S. Army during World War II and was stationed in Japan. John was an avid athlete and sportsman. He enjoyed swimming, pool, boxing, shuffleboard, golf and was in minor league baseball. For 35 years, John was a successful owner and operator of several bar/restaurants in the Madison area. John was very much a family man and loving both his wife and children unconditionally. He lived life to the utmost. His life was full and surrounded by friends, who loved his jokes, stories, and card tricks. In addition to his wife of 64 years, Arlene, John is survived by his six children, John Gervasi of Madison, Gary (Charlene) Gervasi of Florida, Sheryl Gervasi, Ted Gervasi, Debra Gervasi and Tammy (Bob) Downing all, of Madison; four grandchildren, Charles, Alison, Robert and Ava; a brother, Joseph Gervasi of Madison; and two sisters, Lucy (Sam) Corona and Anne Schiro. He is also survived by numerous other relatives and friends. John was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Mary Kissane; and two brothers, Anthony and Sam Gervasi. A memorial service will be held at JOYCE-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 5701 Odana Road, on Tuesday, June 8, 2004, at 7 p.m. A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until the time of services. Private inurnment will be held at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the doctors and nurses at the VA Hospital. Your memory will be with us forever. We love you and we'll always miss you. Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 5701 Odana Road (608) 274-1000

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 6, 2004