Friday, July 30, 2004

Obituary: Genevieve (Lalley) Faust

MADISON - Genevieve "Gen/Sis" Faust, age 92, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 29, 2004, at Sienna Crest, Marshall. She was born on Nov. 29, 1911, in Madison, the daughter of John and Anna Lalley. She attended Central High School, and was a longtime member of St. Patrick and St. Raphael Church. Gen belonged to the Eagles Club and was an avid bowler, bingo and card player for many years. She retired from Wisconsin Life Insurance Company and Wisconsin Telephone Company. Genevieve is survived by three children, daughter, Judith (Ted) Sobek, Marshall, and sons, Robert (Beverly) Faust, Madison, and Richard (Jean) McSherry, Shiocton. She will be dearly missed by 16 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Ginny Thielke of Madison; and many nieces, nephews, and special friends. Gen was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Daniel and Irvin Lalley; sister-in-laws, Betty and Grace Lalley; her brother-in-law, Albert Thielke; nephews, John Lalley and John Thielke, niece, Bonnie Lalley; and other family and friends. A funeral Mass will be held on Monday, Aug. 2, 2004, at 11 a.m. at ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 404 E. Main St., Madison, followed by leaving in procession for interment at Resurrection Cemetery. Visitation will be held at 9 a.m. until time of service on Monday at the church. The family would like to extend special thank you to Sienna Crest Assisted Living, HospiceCare, Monsignor Raymond Klass during her last hours, and Dr. Alt for the special care to keep mom comfortable to the end. "I am home in heaven, dear ones, Oh, so happy and so bright! There is perfect joy and beauty in this everlasting light." Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Service (608) 249-8257

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

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Obituary: Iona Mae (Wheelock) Swetmore Weitzel - Class of 1943

WAUNAKEE - Iona Mae Wheelock Swetmore Weitzel, age 79, died peacefully on Thursday, July 22, 2004, surrounded by family, at her home in Waunakee. She was born on Monday, May 4, 1925, at Madison General Hospital in Madison, to Hazel M. (Bewick) and Harvey E. Wheelock. She was married to Benjamin Swetmore in the mid 1940s, and later to Raymond Weitzel in 1955, both preceding her in death; circa 1980s and 1991, respectively. Mrs. Weitzel is survived by her seven wonderful children and their spouses, whom she all adored, Mrs. Judith R. (Anthony R.) Newfield of W. Hartford, Conn., Mrs. Christine M. (Steven F. - deceased) Trotter of Exeter, Mo., Mr. John A. Weitzel of DeForest, Mr. James R. Weitzel and his wife, Judy of Waunakee, Mr. Raymond W. Weitzel and his wife, Judy of Marshall, Mrs. Debra J. (Charles J.) Washa of Black Earth, and Mrs. Roxana R. (Darrell D.) Calkins of St. James, Minn. Surviving her also are her 13 precious grandchildren, Janice, age 37, Felicity, age 35, Derek, age 34, Damian, age 32, Cosmas, age 27, Liza, age 27, Jason, age 24, Joshua, age 24, Titus, age 23, Louise, age 21, Katie, age 18, Angelina, age 13, and Colton, age 9; and lastly, her youngest living legacy, four great-grandchildren, Connor, age 9, Taylor, age 7, Elizabeth, age 6, and infant boy, Kain, and a December 2004 expected great-grandson. In addition, Mrs. Weitzel leaves three of her four cherished sisters, Mrs. Alice (Elmer) Thaden of Lodi, Mrs. Clara (Spence) Erickson of Pardeeville, and Mrs. Ruth Norwood of Colorado Springs, Colo., and predeceased by her younger sister, Mrs. Joyce Thompson of Madison. A shy, naturally gifted academician, Mrs. Weitzel began her education at the spectacularly architectural Lincoln Elementary School on Gorham Street in Madison. Growing happily through childhood with good grades, playing jacks, marbles, hopscotch, jumping rope and roller skating with her sisters; she was marred only at age 9, by the early death of her dear father. Graduating from Madison Central High School in 1943, impacted, along with all young people, by the affects of World War II, Mrs. Weitzel landed her first of many jobs; working at Montgomery Wards, where she met her first husband. She soon advanced to managing the personnel and payroll department at the Gisholt Machine Co. on East Washington Avenue in Madison. Eventually switching gears, in 1956, she took her city-girl self and with her second husband and four children in tow, enthusiastically embarked on the new adventure of farming in Baraboo. Acclaimed for her abundant canning and freezing vegetable garden, adding two more children to her family; one of whom was almost born on a haying tractor. Taking accordion lessons and sewing up a storm, Mrs. Weitzel unknowingly redefined multi-tasking; honing her many talents alongside her gently-voiced common sense and ever present, fair humor. Moving her clan in 1961, to the even more challenging Reynolds Farm in Waunakee, she was a quietly competitive groundbreaker for the woman's movement and easily re-entered the managerial workforce at Strauss Printing in Madison. In 1962, she gave birth to her last beautiful baby girl. Her professional career was cut short when, at age 66, she was struck and thrown through the air by a moving vehicle, operated by a physician, as Mrs. Weitzel was walking to her office at Davis Duehr on Regent Street in Madison. Surviving this, she went on 13 more years, visiting, living with and caring for whomever of her seven children needed her. These children wishing to express how much they all love her and that she will be in their hearts forever. Also, they fondly recount her love of music, reading, dancing, bowling, cribbage, solitaire, avid crossword puzzling, her enjoyment of fish fries with friends and family, and in her later years, the treasured companionship of her dog, Sho-Mi. As per Mrs. Weitzel's last wishes, her memorial services will be privately held by close friends and family, remembering her radiant smile, her reassuring voice, her constant courage, her comforting hugs and kisses, and always imaging the good in everyone. Her ashes will be dispersed amongst her children and she requested that any condolences be sent to her children of the donor's choice.

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

Obituary: Robert Conrad Roisum - Class of 1950

PARDEEVILLE/ MADISON - Colonel Robert "Bob" Conrad Roisum, U.S. Army Reserve, retired, age 71, of Marshfield, Mo., and formerly of the Pardeeville area, died on Sunday, May 9, 2004, at his home. He was born in Madison on Nov. 12, 1932, to Herman and Blanche (Harvey) Roisum. He graduated from Central High School in Madison, in 1950. On Oct. 7, 1954, Bob married Audrey Wendlandt in Pecatonica, Ill. They lived in the Portage area for several years and Bob was a full time employee of the U.S. Army Reserve, assigned to the 44th General Hospital, in Madison. He obtained the rank of Colonel and was assigned to the 30th Hospital Center in Chicago when declining health forced his retirement. It was at that time he and Audrey moved to Missouri. His leadership led to the 44th General Hospital being considered one of the finest hospital units in the country. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Marshfield, Mo. Bob is survived by his wife, Audrey of Marshfield, Mo.; a daughter, Debra (Ron) Thompson of Portage; three sons, Dave (Jane) Rosium of Neenah, Dale Roisum and special friend, Renee of Pardeeville, and Daniel Rosium of Marshfield, Mo.; six grandchildren, Amanda (Chad) Steinle, Becky and Tanya Thompson, and Zach and Angie and Heather Roisum; a great-grandson, Hayden Steinle; a brother, Donald of Menomonie; a sister, Lorraine (Bob) Hover of La Mirada, Calif.; two sisters-in-law, Ardis Roisum of Keene, N.H., and Ruth Roisum of Mount Pleasant, S.C.; other relatives; and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Wayne Roisum and Bryant Roisum; and two sisters, Connie Roisum and Connie Maxwell. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 31, 2004, at ST. JOHN'S LUTHERAN CHURCH in Portage, with Pastor John Mackowiak officiating. Burial will be in the Oak Grove Cemetery in Portage with military rites by Portage Area Veterans. Friends may call at the church after 10 a.m. on Saturday. The Thorson Funeral Home of Viroqua (800-657-6741) is serving the family.

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

Friday, July 23, 2004

Obituary: Sally (Kinsella) Seils - Class of 1947

MADISON - Sally Seils left this world on Wednesday, July 21, 2004, surrounded by her family and her Irish music. She was born in Madison to Agnes and Joseph Kinsella on Nov. 12, 1929. She graduated from Central High School in 1947, and married Burton Seils in 1951. She went on to receive her medical assistant's degree and worked for Dr. Wheeler until the birth of her children. She cherished her time with her family and friends, and her annual trips to Texas and Florida to see family. She was not able to go to Ireland, but the love of Irish humor, music and stories were so much a part of her, and she shared these gifts with all who were privileged to know "Our Gal Sal." She was one of a kind, and we are all better for being a part of her life. She is survived by her three children, Lisa Holpin, Andrew (Krista) Seils and Daniel Seils; her sister, Mary (Edward) Hommel; nieces, Kathleen (Robert) Schnee, Stacy (Scott) Criley and Karrie Benjamin; nephews, Jeffrey (Shelly) Hommel and Kevin (Linda) Kinsella; and her beloved eight grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Agnes and Joseph; her brothers, Paul J. Kinsella and Robert Kinsella; grandmother, "Dede;" and Grandpa Val. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. ANDREW'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 301 N. Main St., Verona, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 24, 2004. Burial will be held at Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., on Friday, July 23, 2004, and after 10 a.m. until the service time at the church on Saturday. Memorials may be made to the family at 1625 N. Golf Glen, Unit E, Madison WI 53704. Our thanks and appreciation to all the "angels" from Eldercare and Hospice, and especially to Sister Georgeann who gave us all such comfort. Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 5701 Odana Road (608) 274-1000

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

Friday, July 02, 2004

Obituary: Richard K. Eberline - Class of 1964

WAUKESHA - Richard K. Eberline Jr. went home to be with his Lord on Tuesday, June 29, 2004, at age 57. Dick retired after 25 years as a senior project engineer with Rockwell Automation. He is lovingly survived by his wife and soul mate of 31 years, Bonnie Joy (nee Repyak); he also is the loving father and friend of Rebekah and Aaron Eberline; cherished son of Mynette and the late Richard Eberline; dear brother of the late Bonnie Jean Eberline, Judy (the Rev. Fenton) McDonald and the Rev. James (Cheryl) Eberline; dear son-in-law of Betty and the late Joseph Repyak; special brother-in-law of James (Connie) Repyak, Betty Jo (Ted) Lewis, Nancy Repyak, Jane (Chuck) King, David (Sue) Repyak and Carolyn (Dale) Moore; and he is also loved by other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be celebrated on Friday, July 2, 2004, at 7 p.m. at WAUKESHA BIBLE CHURCH, 558 W24079 Glendale Road (Highway 164 and Glendale Road), Waukesha. There will be a private burial. Visitation will be Friday from 4 p.m. until the time of the service. Dick was a faithful steward to our Lord and Savior. "For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day." 2 Tim 1:12 Church and Chapel (262) 827-0659

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 2, 2004

Note: Richard Eberline's class year is based on information in the 1964 Tychoberahn