Thursday, June 23, 2005

Obituary: Virginia (Snell) Schuh

MADISON - Virginia L. Schuh, age 64, passed away on Monday, June 20, 2005. Devotion is a word which is tossed around casually by many people. To Virginia "Gin" Schuh, devotion was not just a word, but a life choice that she took seriously. Gin's life came full circle. She was devoted to her family, friends, work and life passions, which encompassed her life. The first chapter of Gins life began on Nov. 3, 1940. She grew up on the south side of Madison, where she graduated from Central High School. It was there that Gin learned the devotion of family and also the love of dance (especially the jitterbug), books, movies, theater and cooking The second chapter of Gin's life surpassed any novel that she read. She had the opportunity to travel and explore the world. This was the chapter where the devotion of her family began to take root. Gin had four children, Linda, Tammy, Denise and Michael. In turn she was blessed with nine grandchildren, Amber, John, Jessica, Matthew, Dakota, Josh, Anna, Tristan and Simon. It didnt stop because "Grandma," as all of her grandkids knew her, was blessed with two great-grandchildren, Kaden and Isaiah; and a son-in-law, Tim. Throughout her life, Gin showed her devotion being committed to her family, friends, church, many community organizations and the elderly. She was a strong, loving, and selfless person who continually gave of herself to others; including her work with Amvets and her employment at the Willows Nursing Home. Virginia will be joining her mom and dad, Irene and Maurice; and her brother Robert. She leaves behind sisters, Helen, Delcie, and Mary Lou; and brothers, Mike and Mark. If an epilogue were to be written for her life, however, it would read how Gin's devotion surpassed her death, as she will continue to be a source of love and support to her family, friends, and all the people whose lives she has touched. You can join Gin's family and friends in celebrating the memory of her life at 6 p.m. on Friday, June 24, 2005, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. A private family burial will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery. Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 23, 2005

Virginia Schuh's maiden name was obtained from her gravestone at Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison, Wisconsin.

Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Obituary: Lois Ann (Torgeson) Hammond - Class of 1944

MADISON - Lois Ann Hammond, age 78, of Madison, passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2005, at Legacy Gardens. She was born on June 22, 1926, in Madison, daughter of Gustave and Esther (Berg) Torgeson. She graduated from Central High, and then went on to Madison Business College. She married Lovell L. Hammond on Dec. 7, 1946, in Madison. Lois was a secretary for the Wisconsin Department of Revenue for 39 years, retiring in 1987. She was a past member of the Knitter's Guild, and a current member of the Holy Cross Lutheran Church Choir and Esther Circle. Lois and Ham were also members of 4-Lakes Yacht Club, Monona. Lois is survived by her sister, Elizabeth (Paul) Markey of Arlington, Vt.; her brother, Ralph Torgeson of Madison; her niece, Carol Zwickey; her sister-in-law, Hilda Poole of Madison; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband; and her parents. A funeral service will be held at HOLY CROSS LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2670 Milwaukee St., at noon on Friday, June 17 2005, with the Rev. Mark Bartels presiding. Burial will be in Highland Memory Gardens, Cottage Grove. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of services on Friday.Memorials may be made to HospiceCare Inc., or the American Lung Association. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Legacy Gardens and the staff at Hospice for their care and compassion. Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221.5420

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

Note: Lois Ann (Torgeson) Hammond's class year is based on a list of Central High School graduates published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 9, 1944.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Obituary: Francis "Joe" Schadauer - Class of 1944

MADISON - Francis "Joe" Schadauer died unexpectedly of a massive heart attack on Tuesday, June 7, 2005. He was born on Jan. 4, 1927, in Madison, to Julius and Anna (Haas) Schadauer. He attended grade school at Holy Redeemer School, and graduated with the class of 1944 from Central High School. He served in the U.S. Navy in World War II. Joe graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1950 as an electrical engineer, and especially enjoyed playing in the marching band. He married Louise Cooper on June 20, 1959, and they had one son, Michael. Joe spent most of his working years maintaining electronic equipment for the University of Wisconsin Medical School, retiring in 1993. He was a train buff and enjoyed riding the trains of U.S.A., Canada, Mexico and continental Europe. Joe was still playing softball and had spent Memorial Day weekend playing in the U.S.A. Volleyball Tournament in Denver with the over 75 league. He was an active member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, being an usher and Eucharistic Minister. He is survived by his wife, Louise; his son, Michael (Elise), and two grandsons, Wilson and Jonah, all of Minneapolis. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CHURCH, 405 S. Owen Drive, Madison, on Friday, June 10, 2005, at 11 a.m. Monsignor Ken Fiedler and the Rev. Brian Wilk will officiate, with inurnment in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends may call from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the church on Thursday and also at the church on Friday after 10 a.m. until the service time. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Queen of Peace School Endowment, Church Foundation or Catholic Charities. Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 5701 Odana Road (608) 274-1000

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 9, 2005