Sunday, December 26, 2004

Obituary: Paul J. Cleary - Class of 1947

MADISON/ GREEN VALLEY, ARIZ. - Paul J. Cleary, age 76, of Madison and Green Valley, Ariz., passed away on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2004, at Tucson Medical Center. He was born on July 16, 1928, in Dodgeville, Wis., the son of James and Bertha (Schiesser) Cleary. Paul graduated from Central High School in 1947, and was the vice-president of his class. He was the first male to enroll in the home economics department at UW-Madison, earning a B.S. in food administration and experimental foods in 1955. Starting at age 16 in the dish room, Paul spent the next 25 years in food service management at the Memorial Union, Madison campus, ending his service there as food director. In 1970, he became the food director for the entire University of Wisconsin system. He was a guest lecturer and an instructor for the food administration for the University of Wisconsin. He had his own food service contract company. After retirement in 1990, he consulted at American Family Insurance in food service. Serving in the United States Marine Corps from 1952-1954, Paul was stationed in San Diego, Calif. Paul married Rachel M. Heine on May 29, 1969, at St. Bernard Catholic Church, Madison, and was married for 35 years. He was a member of the National and International Association of Auxiliary Directors of College University Food Service, Knights of Columbus, Chapter 4527, and St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church. He is survived by his wife, Rachel of Madison and Green Valley, Ariz.; two daughters, Brenda (Mark) Taipale of Harleysville, Pa., and Kelly (Chase) Conaway of Fort Myers, Fla.; grandchildren, Dean and Kathryn; stepson, Thomas (Diane) Roth of Sauk City; step-grandchildren Rachel and Brandon; four sisters-in-law; four brothers-in-law; two cousins; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and step-father, Harry Newberry. A memorial service will be held at ST. THOMAS ACQUINAS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 602 Everglade Drive, Madison, on Thursday, Dec. 30, 2004, at 11 a.m. Monsignor Terry Connors will officiate. Inurnment will take place at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Madison. Visitation will be held at the church on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of the services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the Paul Cleary Memorial Fund, care of the UW Foundation, PO Box 8860, Madison WI, 53708; HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711; or the Dane County Humane Society, 5132 Voges Road, Madison, WI 53718. Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 5701 Odana Road (608) 274-1000

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 26, 2004

Monday, December 20, 2004

Obituary: Jerry Lee Schnack - Class of 1962

MADISON - Jerry Lee Schnack, age 61, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 19, 2004, at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center. He was born on Aug. 23, 1943, in Madison, the son of Peter J. and Bernadette C. (Grundy) Schnack. Jerry graduated from Central High School in 1962. He worked in the optical business until his retirement in 1988. Jerry enjoyed auto racing and sports. He is survived by his sisters, Betty (R. Clay) Zelenka and Shirley Sullivan, both of Madison; and by several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and by two brothers, Robert and David Schnack. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004, at 2 p.m. at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive. Burial will follow in Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of services on Tuesday at the funeral home. Jerry's family would like to express a special thank you to the staff at HospiceCare and to Jason Standish for the care and friendship they have shown Jerry. Gunderson East Funeral Home 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 20, 2004

Sunday, December 12, 2004

Obituary: Irving Perlman - Class of 1935

MADISON - Irving Perlman will be remembered as a nice guy and a good person. He died on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2004, at the home he shared with his son, daughter-in-law and grandsons. He was born in Madison on Jan. 3, 1917. He lived in Madison his whole life. He died a mere six blocks from the house where he was raised. He was loved. Irv grew up in Madison's Greenbush neighborhood. He attended Longfellow School and Central High. He worked at Perlman's Clothing Store and later for the State of Wisconsin. He was married twice and widowed twice. He had a son, Steve; daughter-in-law, Rachel; and three grandsons, Jacob, Reuven and Asher. His brother, Al lives in New York. He loved his family and they loved him. Irving was preceded in death by his wives, Bertha and Becky; his brother, Max; and his sister, Emily P. Isenstadt. Irving was a decent, honest man. He worked to provide for his family and he played the hand that he was dealt without complaint. He will be missed. A memorial will be held at the family home, 1414 Drake St. in Madison on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2004, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. His friends are invited. Donations in Irv's memory may be made to either HospiceCare Meru Project or WORT Listener Sponsored Community Radio. "And when were dancing and youre dangerously near me I get ideas I get ideas I want to hold you so much closer than I dare to I want to scold you 'cause I care more than I care to And when you touch me and there's fire in every finger I get ideas I get ideas I kinda think you get ideas, too Doodle-ee-doo"

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 12, 2004

Note: Irving Perlman's class year is based on information in the 1935 Orange & Black yearbook, where he is pictured among the seniors graduating in January.

Obituary: Eileen (O'Neill) Henry

MADISON - Eileen B. Henry, age 81, a lifetime resident of Madison, died on Thursday, Dec. 9, 2004. She was born on Dec. 29, 1922, in Madison, to Charles and Catherine (Slaney) O'Neill. Eileen graduated from Madison Central High School. She worked as a central supply technician and supervisor at Madison General Hospital for 14 years. Eileen also worked at Wisconsin Bell and the Dean Clinic. She was a member of St. Bernard Catholic Church and the Altar Society at church. Eileen liked to travel and especially enjoyed her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her children, Charlene (Carey) Karabis of Madison, Kathleen C. (Tom) Kelley of Waupun, Mark Henry of Houston, Texas, and Max E. Henry of Madison; four grandchildren, James (Janet) Pliner of Madison, Patricia Kelley of Minneapolis, Minn., Captain John Kelley, U. S. Marine Corps of Yucca Valley, Calif., and Michael (Sarah) Pliner of Minneapolis, Minn.; two great-grandchildren, Andrew Pliner and Katie Eileen Pliner, both of Madison; a sister, Margaret Roisom of Madison; and a very dear friend, Betty Tipler. Eileen was preceded in death by her parents; her former husband, Glenn L. Henry Sr.; a son, Glenn L. Henry Jr.; an infant child; a brother, Arthur; and two sisters, Rose Reis and Mary Jean Madigan. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, at noon on Monday, Dec. 13, 2004, with Monsignor Michael Hippee presiding. Burial will be at Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 10:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday. Gunderson East Funeral Home (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 12, 2004

Obituary: Laurence Larry Doyle - Class of 1936

MADISON - Laurence Larry Doyle, age 86, of Madison passed away on Friday, Dec. 10, 2004, at the Don and Marilyn Anderson Hospice Care Center in Fitchburg. Larry was born on June 25, 1918 in Madison, the son of Patrick H. Doyle and Mary Ellen Ryan Doyle. He married Lorraine C. Felsecker on May 13, 1944 at St. Augustans Catholic Church in Milwaukee. Larry graduated from Madison Central High School in 1936. He served in the Army Air Corp. He was a charter member of the St. Peters Catholic Church and also a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus, Chapter 31. In his retirement years, he enjoyed driving for various rental agencies. He drove tens of thousands of miles each year until he was 82 and never had a traffic ticket in his life. Larry was a Ford Guy who followed Nascar racing. He was also a loyal Badger and Packer fan. Larry is survived by his wife of 60 years; 4 children, Patrick (Judy) Doyle, Michael (Lynn) Doyle, Ellen (Larry) Felsheim and Katie (Mark) Hilgers; eight grandchildren, Brian (Cathy) Doyle, Jackie (Adam) Smith, Michelle (Clay) Benish, Tracy (Troy) Hietpas, Bob Doyle, Jenny Doyle, Jill (Travis) Corning and Matt Hilgers; five great-grandchildren, Remy Smith, Cascidy Hilgers, Shea Doyle, Houston Corning and Katlyn Smith; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Joe; one brother-in-law, Tony; and one nephew, James Kunath. A Mass of Christian Burial will take place at the ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5001 N. Sherman Ave. Madison, on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004, at 10:30 a.m. A visitation will also take place one hour prior at the church from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. Father Roger Nilles will officiate. Burial will take place at the Resurrection Cemetery, Madison. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that all memorial donations be made to the Don and Marilyn Anderson Hospice Care Center in Fitchburg in his memory. Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 608-249-8257

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 12, 2004

Obituary: Selma Tilker Harris - Class of 1928

MADISON - Selma Tilker Harris, age 94, of Meriter Health Center, Madison, died Tuesday evening, Dec. 7, 2004, peacefully in her sleep. She was born in Reedsburg in 1910, the daughter of Herman Tilker and Anna (Krey) Tilker. She was graduated with honors from Madison Central High School in 1928, and completed nurses' training at the University of Wisconsin in 1932. She continued at the university, receiving her B.S. degree in sociology in 1935. Selma joined United Airlines in 1936, pioneering as the first stewardess from Madison, clocking in more hours in the air than any other stewardess of her time. In these exciting early days of flying, she traveled extensively throughout the U.S., and was based in Chicago and later San Francisco. In 1948, she married Sherwin B. Harris Jr. ("Bucky"), originally of Buffalo, N.Y., and moved to Norwalk, Ohio, where they lived for three years while he was president of Mary Lee Candies. They then moved to Pelham Manor, N.Y., where she lived until 1988 (with a year spent back in Madison, 1962-63). Her husband held a number of top executive positions in Manhattan, including president of Louis Sherry, Holly Corp., chairman of Childs Restaurants, Executive Search Corp., Caribbean Material & Supply Co., and went on to found Harris & Harris Management Consultants and Computer Tutors Corp. He died in 1970, at age 61. Selma moved back to Madison in 1987, living on Monroe Street, Meriter Terrace and finally at Meriter Health Center, where she received loving care until her death. Selma was a very caring and loving person. She will be greatly missed. Survivors include her son, Sherwin III, a Manhattan-based art director and graphic designer, and his wife, Peggy, an interior designer, of Mount Vernon, N.Y.; sister-in-law, Catherine Tilker of Lodi; nieces, Ruth Rogers of Sun Prairie and Chris Scoville of Cottage Grove, and Elaine Gomperts of Penfield, N.Y.; nephews, Tom Tilker of Colorado Springs, Colo., Jim and Steve Tilker, of Phoenix, Ariz., Dennis Pearson, now in New Zealand, Jerry Tilker of Fort Wayne, Ind., Tom Harris of Anaheim, Calif., and Craig Harris, of Wilmington, N.C.; and cousins. She was also preceded in death by her parents; seven brothers, Lawrence, Clarence, Herman, Frederick, William, John and Lucien Tilker; and her sister, Lucy Pearson. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2004, at 11 a.m. at SCHROEDER CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3325 E. Washington Ave., Madison. The Rev. Glen Reichelderfer and the Rev. John Thomas, of Christ Presbyterian Church, will officiate. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3325 E. Washington Ave.

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

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Obituary: Larry S. Ausse - Class of 1960

WAUNAKEE - Larry S. Ausse, age 62, passed away from cancer on Friday, Dec. 3, 2004, at the HospiceCare Center. He was born on Feb. 17, 1942, in Stoughton. He graduated from Central High School in 1960. He then served in the Marines as a reservist for eight years. He ran One Hour Delivery for 15 years, then enjoyed working at Madison Taxi. He loved crossword puzzles, playing cards and his family and friends. He is survived by his wife, Lynn (nee Theobald) of 25 years; his children, Glen, Barry, Tim, Jeannie and Dee (Trevor) Meyers. He is further survived by his brothers and sisters, Pat (Joan) Ausse, Vicki (John) Dimaggio, Cheryl (Duane) Blaney, Tom (Joanie) Ausse and Mike Edwards. He will be missed by his buddy, Willie; his best friends, Joe and Nancy Bonin; and numerous family members. He was preceded in death by his father, Lloyd; his mother, Virgene; his baby brother; and a nephew. A private celebration of Larry's life will be held at a later date. Donations can be made to HospiceCare. Your pain is over Larry, Rest in peace. May you win every Euchre game. We love you and will miss you always. A special thank you to everyone at Hospice, you were wonderful. To Pat and Joan Ausse and Dee Meyers, who were always by my side, what would I have done without? To family members and friends who mean so much to us, thank you, I will never forget.

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

Obituary: Virginia (Clemage) Holliday - Class of 1940

MADISON - Virginia J. Holliday, age 82, died on Monday, Dec. 6, 2004, at Meriter Hospital. She was born on March 10, 1922, in Madison, to Martin and Josephine Clemage. Virginia graduated from Madison Central High School in 1940. She married Frank L. Holliday on June 10, 1943. Virginia worked for Ellis Arneson Insurance Agency for a number of years. She was an avid seamstress, specializing in crochet work. Virginia is survived by her husband, Frank; daughter, Patricia (Randall) Daggs of Sun Prairie; son, Richard (Mary) of Mount Zion, Ill.; grandchildren, Kari and Kathy Daggs of Sun Prairie, and John and James Holliday of Decatur, Ill.; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Betty (Bob) Mecum of McFarland. A memorial gathering will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2004. Private entombment will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. Gunderson East Funeral Home

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