Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Obituary" Nola Frances (Gallagher) McGann

SHOREWOOD HILLS - Nola Frances Gallagher McGann died on Sunday, May 29, 2005, in her home of 70 years in Shorewood Hills. She was born on April 9, 1906. Nola was a graduate of Central High School and the University of Wisconsin. She taught high school English and Latin at Walworth High School. Nola married Louis Cook McGann on June 29, 1929, he preceded her in death on Oct. 28, 1977. She was active in the Shorewood Hills Garden, Book and Bridge clubs. Nola was a member of A.A.U.W. Madison, and Naples, Fla. She loved family, friends, gardening and travel. Nola was loved by all who knew her. She is survived by two daughters, Nola Kaye (Duane) Waggoner of Beaumont, Texas, and Frances Lee (Jack) Kelly of Madison; eight grandchildren, Mark (Linda) Waggoner, Wende (Steve) Berryhill, Laurel (Bruce) Talley, Sue (Joe) Gambardella, Scott (Gigi) Kelly, Carrie (Pete) Waite, Tricia (Sather) Ranum and Jerry (Carol) Kelly; 18 great-grandchildren; and her faithful canine companion, Patsy. Family and friends are invited to the burial service in section 17 of FOREST HILL CEMETERY at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 1, 2005. A memorial service will follow at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 6021 University Avenue, Middleton, at 11:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Inc., 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI, 53711, to the American Cancer Society or to the charity of the donor's choice. We want to sincerely thank the loving hands and hearts that cared for our mom. "We neednt let go of the people we love when time comes for them to depart. If we know the secret of giving each one a new life time to live in the heart." We love you Mom. Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 6021 University Avenue (608) 238-8406

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 31, 2005

Saturday, May 28, 2005

Obituary: Don Trachte - Class of 1933

MANCHESTER, VT. - Don Trachte, age 89, a long time resident of Sandgate, Vermont, died at the Equinox Terrace in Manchester on May 4, 2005. Don was born in Madison on May 21, 1915, the son of the late Arthur Fredrick and Meta Trachte. Mr. Trachte graduated from Madison's Central High School, attended the University of Wisconsin and later served in World War II as a lieutenant in the Army. In his formative years in Madison, Trachte's interest in art and drawing led him to collaborate with the late Carl Anderson, the creator of the cartoon strip "Henry." The first cartoon was submitted to the "Saturday Evening Post" in March of 1932, and quickly skyrocketed "Henry" to fame. Soon after, the cartoon strip was sought out by William Randolph Hearst for syndication and grew to appear in 400 newspapers in 40 countries. While drawing, he spent countless hours traveling for the USO in Europe, Alaska, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines, where he entertained troops. In 1950, Trachte moved his family to Arlington, Vt., in part because he knew the late Norman Rockwell, a man he greatly admired, lived there. Arlington provided a comfortable surrounding with famous artists who inspired him to paint as well as continue his cartoon work. He established a close relationship with Rockwell and posed for him several times. The most recognized "Post" cover, Trachte was the principal in "Outside the Principal's Office." Trachte was active with other local painters and became a committee member of the Southern Vermont Art Center. The peaceful Arlington area helped nurture Trachte's diverse interest in amateur theater, gardening, building stone walls, photography, repairing parlor organs and running his pet baby bulldozer. He is survived by four children, a daughter, Marjorie Rosenberg of Locust Valley, N.Y., Donald Trachte, Jr. of Burlington, David Trachte of Sandgate and Jon Trachte of Houston, Texas; and a brother, David Trachte of Saint Joseph, Mo. A private memorial service is planned at a later date. To send the Trachte family email condolences, visit www.sheafuneralhomes.com. Funeral arrangements are under the care of Brewster Funeral Service in Manchester, Vt.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 29, 2005

Note: Don Trachte's graduation year is based on information in the 1933 Orange and Black, the yearbook published by The Madison Mirror that replaced the Tychoberahn during the 1930s.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Obituary: Dave H. Johnson

MADISON - Dave H. Johnson, age 62, of Madison, passed away peacefully at home on Thursday, May 12, 2005, surrounded by his loving family. Dave was born on April 24, 1943, in Oconto, the son of Bert and Bette (Gabrielson) Johnson. After graduating from Madison Central High, he entered the U.S. Navy, serving from 1962 until 1966, including 15 months in Vietnam. He married Sherry Svee in 1968 and she preceded him in death. He then married Betsy Janeck and they had two children. On Dec. 31, 1992, Dave married Barbara Henneberry. He is survived by his wife, Barbara Johnson-Henneberry of Madison; four children, Teresa K. Johnson of Woodbury, Minn., Susan E. Johnson, Apryl Sordahl and Beau Henneberry-Johnson, all of Madison; two grandchildren, Ivy and Kiarah Sordahl; parents, Bert and Bette Johnson of Mount Horeb; two sisters, Dede Watlington of Poquoson, Va., and Mary Chandler of Madison; two brothers, Paul Gabrielson of Middleton, and Mark Johnson of Mount Horeb; many nieces; nephews; in-laws; and friends. A celebration of Dave's life will be held at the ALL FAITHS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 4058 Lien Road, Madison, on Sunday, May 15, 2005, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. Dave's family would like to thank HospiceCare for the comfort and support they provided to the whole family during this difficult time, as well as fulfilling Dave's wish to be at home. The family requests donations be made to HospiceCare Inc. I'd like the memory of me to be a happy one. I'd like to leave an afterflow of smiles when life is done. I'd like to leave an echo whispering softly down the ways. Of happy times and laughing times and bright and sunny days. I'd like the tears of those who grieve, to dry before the sun. Of happy memories that leave when life is done. All Faiths Funeral & Cremation Services Madison (608) 442-0477

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 14, 2005

Thursday, May 12, 2005

Obituary: Jerry Dean Carter - Class of 1955

MADISON - Jerry Dean Carter, age 68, died of natural causes on Monday, May 9, 2005, at his home. He was born on May 4, 1937, the son of Erwin and Emma (Julson) Carter. Jerry was a lifetime Wisconsin resident and grew up in Madison. He graduated from Central High School in 1955, and earned a degree from Madison Business College. Jerry served in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves. He married the former Susan Ferris on July 28, 1962. Jerry was employed as an accountant for General Motors, Janesville, and then in sales at Thorstad Chevrolet, Madison, for 27 years. "Jer the Bear" was involved in many different activities during his lifetime including playing softball, coaching baseball, hockey and softball teams, golfing, a huge Badgers hockey and football fan, expert carpentry and woodworking, "dumpster diving" and loved to put on his famous garage sales. Jerry was very patriotic and was proud to serve his country. As a Civil War history buff, he was recently involved in the Gettysburg Preservation Trust. "The Bear" was a wonderful husband, proud father and grandfather "Papa." He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Susan; two children, Kristin (Dan) Carter Eschrich and Rick (Kelli) Carter, both of Chicago, Ill.; and four grandchildren, Connor, Regan, Kaitlyn and Cameron. He is further survived by many sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Gwen (Jerry) Splinter, Sally (Glenn) Kisch, Mary (Ron) Ruble, Tom (LeAnne) Ferris, Aileen Ferris and Connie Ferris Bailey; and numerous nieces and nephews. Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Bill and Margaret Ferris; and brother-in-law, William H. Ferris Jr. Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2005, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison, with the Rev. Cindy Bacon officiating. Friends may greet the family from 4 p.m. until the time of service on Thursday at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials may be made to the Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg, 451 Baltimore Street, P.O. Box 4622, Gettysburg, PA 17325 or to the Madison Parks Division, P.O. Box 2987, Madison, WI 53701. He will be missed by his many family and friends and will miss his Thursday night "bonding" group. He loved to meet new people-everywhere he went he made new friends, there was no such thing as a "stranger." Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road

Originallly published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 12, 2005

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Obituary: Herbert Gill, Jr. - Class of 1948

WESTPORT/ WAUNAKEE - Herbert Gill Jr., age 75, died at his home, surrounded by his family, after a long, hard-fought battle with a blood disease on Sunday, May 8, 2005. He was born on Dec. 13, 1929. A longtime Madison resident, Herb graduated Central High in 1948. He was drafted by the U.S. Army in 1948, where he was stationed in Fort Sill, Okla., for two years. A believer of hard work, he started working at the Memorial Union as a cafeteria server at age 16. He continued to work for the University of Wisconsin until he retired in 1990. He ended his career there after managing the property management department, where he worked for 15 years. On May 16, 1959, he married Dolores Holmes. Herb was a devoted Badgers and Packers football fan. Together, Herb and Dolores enjoyed watching football and traveling to the out of town Badgers games. He was an avid bowler for many years in two leagues at Dream Lanes and Waun-A-Bowl. In 1976, the family moved to Westport. He was a member of the American Legion, Post No. 360 of Waunakee, the Knights of Columbus, Post No. 6460 of DeForest, where he participated in many fundraising activities. Herb is survived by his caring wife, Dolores; and their four children, Kathy (Rick) Herbrand, of Onalaska, Chris (Bob) Bischel of DeForest, Pat (Kelly), of Madison, and Lisa (fiance, Chad Pierick), DeForest; and eight grandchildren, Michael, Michelle, and Amanda Herbrand, Adam and Anna Bischel, and Keaton, Presley, and Kallen Gill. He is also survived by his three siblings, Dorothy (Arnie) Miller, of Madison, Donna (Jim) Grahn, of Madison, and Bob (Mary Lou) Gill of Madison; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Herbert Gill Sr. and Lucille (Schmitz) Gill. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. MARY'S OF THE LAKE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5460 Mary Lake Road, Westport/ Waunakee, at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 12, 2005, with Father Daniel Finnane officiating. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery. A visitation will be held at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 Sherman Ave., Madison, on Wednesday, May 11, 2005, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and then again at church on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of mass. The family would like to extend their gratitude to the Hospice staff, Dr. Prendergast and his staff at the Dean Clinic, the nurses at St. Marys Hospital and the many people who have donated blood. In lieu of flowers, the family requests making donations to preferred charities in his memory. Herb will be greatly missed by his family and his many kind and caring friends. Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 2418 N. Sherman Ave. (608) 249-8257

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 10, 2005

Sunday, May 08, 2005

Obituary: Dorothy Bailey - Class of 1940

MADISON - Dorothy J. (Bailey) Cole, of Meriter Terraces Retirement Community, Madison, formerly of Monona, died on Thursday, May 5, 2005, at the Don and Marilyn Hospice Center. She was 82. She was the beloved wife of the late Harvey L. Cole for 41 years. Dorothy was born in Norway Grove, Wis., on June 4, 1922, to Mabel (Thorstad) and John E. Bailey. She was a graduate of Central High School, class of 1940, and was a lifelong member of Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison. Dorothy worked in the Monona Grove High School library for more than 25 years until she retired in 1984. She was also active in the Bethel Parish Shoppe, the Eastern Star, and the Madison Elks Lodge. Dorothy was a warm, fun-loving person who enjoyed reading, traveling, playing euchre, shopping, and socializing with friends and family. She will be sadly missed as a devoted mother, grandmother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt and friend to many. She is survived by her daughter, Christine Cole, and granddaughters, Sarah and Megan Kavanagh of Doylestown, Pa.; her sister, Alice Oelhafen, of Rockford, Ill.; her sister-in-law, Sylvia Bailey, of Madison; and her nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Jeffrey Kavanagh; her brother, John L. Bailey; her sisters, Janet (Bailey) Huff and Celoris (Bailey) Grady; and her brothers-in-law, Earl Oelhafen and James Grady. Relatives and friends are invited to call after 10 a.m. until her memorial service at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2005, at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Monona. Interment will be held privately. In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the Bethel Horizons Camp Program, 312 Wisconsin Ave., Madison, WI 53703. Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Center 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published on May 8, 2005

Obituary: Corinne Caire

PHOENIX, ARIZ./ MADISON - Corinne Louise Caire, age 64, passed away in Phoenix, Ariz., on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2005. She was born on Feb. 9, 1941, in Madison, to Edgar P. Caire and Mary B. (Thomas) Caire. Corinne attended Longfellow Elementary School and Central High School. Corinne was a voracious reader and loved to crochet. She was a spirited woman of many talents, loved by her family and friends, who remember her strong faith in God, kindness, generosity and unwavering optimism in the face of life's obstacles. Our family had lost touch with Corinne for more than five years, and had been reunited with her by mail in December 2004. The family learned the second week in February, that she had been diagnosed with liver cancer and had two months to live. Her sister, Gretchen, and niece, Amelia, traveled to Phoenix to help her return to Madison. Corinne chose to stay in her adopted home of Phoenix after learning of her illness. To those who knew her, this was an example of Corinne's courage and fighting spirit. On Friday, March 25, 2005, Corinne's sisters spoke with her by telephone from Madison and Maple Grove, Minn. They sang, "What A Friend We Have In Jesus," and "A Little Ducky Duddle," a song that Corinne had learned while attending nursery school at the Neighborhood House Cottage when it was located on Mound Street. Cynthia Margaron, the Director of Social Services at the Desert Terrace Care Center, held Corinne and the telephone while the sisters spoke. Cynthia said that a look of peace and a smile spread across Corinne's face as her sisters told her how much they loved her, and sang to her. That was the last time the four sisters spoke together. She is survived by her son, Michael S. "Kaleem;" his wife, Lisa Peyton-Caire; and four grandchildren, Jabari, Sekani, Amira and Alana Caire. Ms. Caire is also survived by her mother, Mary B. Caire; and sisters, Dolores (Maurice Sr.) Gavin of Maple Grove, Minn., Marie "Patsy" Thomas and Gretchen Caire of Madison. Her other survivors are nephews and nieces, Maurice II (Tamara) Gavin of Rogers, Minn., Aaron (Paula) Gavin of Brooklyn Park, Minn., Howard (Mary Belinda) Muhammad of Madison, Amelia Gavin of Seattle, Wash., Colin (Kristine) of Broadview, Ill., Carmon Caire of Madison, and Kenneth (Diane) Thomas of Madison; 14 grand-nephews and grand-nieces; and her dear friends, Marie Kunz, Beulah Alms and Michael Giancola of Phoenix, Ariz., who so lovingly cared for her before, and during her illness. Her father, Edgar P. Caire, preceded Corinne in death. The family thanks Corinne's church, First Assembly Church, on Cave Creek Road, in Phoenix, Ariz., for aiding Corinne in her Christian walk. The family also wants to thank the staff at the Desert Terrace Care Center, Hospice of the Valley, all in Phoenix, and for the tender care they gave Corinne. Their patience and kindness to the family as they called everyday for information on Corinne's condition will never be forgotten. There will be a private service for the family. Life will be perfect for heaven's place We'll see God, the Father and Son, face-to-face. For God will be there, Everywhere that you are; And Jesus will shine like a bright morning star. Heaven is wonderful, Don't you agree? It's simply the best place We ever could be! - Kathleen Long Bostrom

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 8, 2005

Friday, May 06, 2005

Obituary: Jon M. Narum - Class of 1955

MADISON - Jon M. Narum, age 67, of Fitchburg, died on Tuesday, May 3, 2005. Jon was born on Sept. 24, 1937, to Lester L. and Ruth (Myer) Narum in Madison. He attended Central High School, and after graduating, he entered the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Norfolk, Va., and was aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Meredith. After leaving the Navy, he married and moved back to Wisconsin where he worked for the U.S. Postal Service. Several years later, he moved his wife and daughter back to Roanoke, Va., where he lived and worked as a plasterer until his retirement. He then moved back to Wisconsin. Jon is survived by four children, Peggy (Charles) Phillips, Brenda Powell, John Narum and Joey Narum; he had eight grandchildren, Craig, Jeremy and Aleasha Phillips, Jessica, Amy and Michael Narum, and Zachary and Rebecca Narum; and he had two great-grandchildren, Alexis and Dakota. Jon is also survived by a sister, Nancy (Bruce) Angeli; and a brother, Michael (Glendora) Narum. He will be sadly missed by nieces; a nephew; other relatives; and many friends. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 7, 2005, at the ELLESTAD FUNERAL HOME, 500 N. 8th St., Mount Horeb. Friends may call from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday at the ELLESTAD FUNERAL HOME. Ellestad Funeral Home & Crematory

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 6, 2005

Note Jon Narum's class year is based on information in the 1955 Tychoberahn, where he is pictured among the graduating seniors.

Sunday, May 01, 2005

Obituary: Edna (Speth) Seifert - Class of 1935

MADISON - Edna F. Seifert, age 87, of Madison, died on Thursday, April 28, 2005, at Willowbrook Nursing Home, Lake Mills. She was born on March 16, 1918, in Madison, the daughter of Ferdinand and Josephine (Blied) Speth. She has been a lifelong Madison resident. She graduated from Central High School in 1935. Edna then attended the University of Wisconsin and graduated in 1939. At school she belonged to the Alpha Xi Delta sorority. She married William Henry Sandberg in 1940. In 1971 she married her childhood sweetheart, Warren Louis Seifert, and they were married for 30 wonderful years until his death in 2001. She is survived by a daughter, Barbara (Jack) Kerttula of Watertown; a son, Robert (Virginia) Sandberg of Jamestown, N.C.; a step-daughter, Kathryn (Roy Schenk) Seifert of Madison; eight grandchildren, Gregg (Michaela) Kerttula, Mark Kerttula, Joffre Schrandt, Justin Schrandt, Dave (Tara Watts) Parks, Steve (Dana Burmaster) Harkins, Vicki Harkins and Michael Sandberg; great-granddaughter, Kelsey Kerttula; a great-grandson, Ryan DeBolt; and daughter-in-law, Sandi Sandberg. She was preceded in death by her first husband, William Henry Sandberg; second husband, Warren Seifert; a son, James Sandberg; a step-son, Paul Seifert; her parents; sister Mary Speth; and two brothers, Charles "Chuck" Speth and Robert Speth. A memorial service will be held at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, on Sunday, May 1, 2005, at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Nick Utphall officiating. Friends may call at the funeral home on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of the services. Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Service 2418 N. Sherman Ave. (608) 249-8257

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 1, 2005