Sunday, July 30, 2006

Obituary: Rodney T. Goth - Class of 1950

JANESVILLE - Rodney T. Goth, age 73, of Janesville, died Thursday, July 27, 2006, at his home. He was born in Madison on Dec. 18, 1932, the son of Edwin and Eunice (Thomas) Goth and was a 1950 graduate of Madison Central High School. He then graduated from UW-Madison, in 1954, with a bachelor's degree in applied art. Rod served in the U.S. Army from 1955 until 1957, stationed for the majority of time in Germany. He then returned to UW-Madison, in 1958, to study business and advertising. Rod married Judith L. Hurley on June 28, 1958, in Madison. They moved to Janesville in 1960, when he took a position with the Janesville Gazette. He retired in 1993 after 33 years. Rod was a member of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Gazette's Quarter Century Club, and was a 4H leader. He loved to pencil sketch and was part of a stock car racing team during his college years. He is survived by his wife, Judy; four children, Brett (fiancee, Sue Nunn) Goth, Michael Goth, Erik (JoAnna) Goth and Anthony Goth, all of Janesville; and six grandchildren, Zachary, Athena, Mack and Mitchell Goth and Mariah and Michelle Nunn. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2006, at ST. PAUL'S EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH with the Rev. Paul Garchow and the Rev. Cory Burma officiating. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME on Monday from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to either St. Paul's Lutheran Church or to HospiceCare Inc.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 30, 2006

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Obituary: John L. "Orangie" Berg - Class of 1945

MADISON - John L. "Orangie" Berg, age 80, died Wednesday, July 19, 2006, at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center, Fitchburg, following a long illness. He was born in Sublette, Ill., on Jan. 9, 1926, to Leslie T. Berg and Anna Woods Berg. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Madison. After graduating from Holy Redeemer Grade School, he attended Central High School, where in 1944, he was chosen as All Madison High School halfback. He graduated in 1945. For several years he was a brakeman for the Milwaukee Road Railroad, before enrolling in the Madison Business College. He graduated in 1955, with a degree in business administration. He entered the insurance business, first as an accountant and eventually as a sales representative, until his retirement. He is survived by his wife, the former Isabelle Muskat Anderson, whom he married on May 26, 1962. He is also survived by a brother, Leslie (Lorine) Berg, Fort Mitchell, Ky.; a sister, Mary C. Berg-Schmitz of Madison; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie T. and Anna Berg; his brother and sister-in-law, Paul and Marie Berg; and his sister, Phyllis and his brother-in-law, Robert Schmitz. A memorial Mass will be held at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 401 Owen Drive, Madison at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 25, 2006. Relatives and friends may greet the family at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. Burial will be at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. In John's memory, all memorials may be made to the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI 53711. The family would like to extend a thank you to the staff at hospice. The dedication to peace and comfort shown by everyone there was wonderful. Also thanks to his many faithful old friends who gave him their time and laughter to the very end. Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 5701 Odana Road (608) 274-1000

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 23, 2006

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Obituary: Ruth (Harris) Garner - Class of 1963

CHICAGO - Ruth Garner died of complications related to multiple myeloma at her home in Chicago, Saturday, July 15, 2006, following years of chronic illness. She was born Jan. 17, 1945, in Rockford, Ill. She attended school from elementary through high school (Randall, Hoyt and Central) in Madison, always ranking at the top of her class and was a spelling bee champion. After graduating from the University of Wisconsin, she taught elementary and middle school in the Madison public school system. Those who knew academic talent wondered why she didn't go directly to graduate school, but she reminded them that sixth grade was a pivotal year in children's lives. A few years later, she returned for her master's and doctorate degrees from the UW-Madison and moved into teaching, research, and leadership roles at the University of Maryland, Washington State University, Michigan State University, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and held a visiting scholar post in the Department of Psychology at Stanford University. She is survived and will be missed by her husband of 20 years, Mark Gillingham of Chicago; a sister, Betty Harris Custer (Corkey) of Madison; a brother, Bob Harris (Nancy) of San Carlos, Calif.; nieces and nephews including, Genevieve Custer Weeks (Andrew) of Emeryville, Calif., and Jamie Custer of Madison; and countless friends and colleagues, including former husband, Jim Garner of Madison. She was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth Meyers Harris and Bob (Boomer) Harris. Her life was one of learning both as a student and teacher. She was a voracious reader and author of four books, including "Hanging Out: Community Based After School Programs for Children," "Metacognition and Reading Comprehension," "Beliefs About Text" and "Instruction with Text" and a hundred articles. Her writing attempted to shine light on obscure or difficult problems. Ruth believed in place - that context mattered. She studied her own context and that of others whether it was her own teaching or a child struggling to read. Ruth was a brilliant teacher and speaker. Her courses were always in high demand. Parents of her middle-school students jockeyed to get their kids in her room. She had more graduate students than she should have had and still had time to help many students who were not her own. She was sought after as a lecturer across the country and could speak to thousands and seem to reach each audience member individually. She got the highest teaching ratings ever given by the department for a psychology course, which was taught to three locations at once using a video feed. Even in her final weeks of life as illness took its toll, she was sending forth a proposal for a new book. There will be a celebration of Ruth's life and work at a future date close to Thanksgiving. Proceeds from her book with her husband, "Hanging Out," were given to the Children's Defense Fund. It is the family's desire to benefit a local program that also works with children's needs, and they ask that memorials in her name be made to the Community Education Center, an innovative learning center to be built by the Wexford Ridge Neighborhood Center. Checks may be sent to the Wexford Ridge Neighborhood Center, 7011 Flower Lane A/C, Madison, WI 53717; or the Madison Community Foundation, 2 Science Ct., Madison, WI 53711, earmarked for the Ruth Garner memorial to the Community Education Center, which is an endeavor chaired by Ruth's sister Betty Harris Custer. Ruth felt passionately about many things: her work, her family, good wine and food, beautiful vistas and sunsets, politics, the state of the world and its young people and how they are educated. The world has been a better place for her presence and her passion and she will be sorely missed.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 19, 2006