Sunday, December 31, 2006

Obituary: Bertha L. Thrun

ELKHORN - Bertha L. Thrun, age 89, died Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2006, in Elkhorn. Bertha was born Aug. 6, 1917, in Wood County, to parents, August W. and Marie (Benner) Thrun. She attended grade school at Progress School in Wood County, continued high school at Marshfield for a year and graduated from Madison Central in Madison. Bertha furthered her education by receiving her B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her master's from the University of Wisconsin-Stoughton. She was a teacher at the VoTech school in Eau Claire. Approximately 1970, Bertha came to the Walworth area, where she was an instructor at Christian League for the Handicap. She was a volunteer for the Walworth County RSVP and the Christian League Handicap income tax preparation for seniors. Bertha was active at the Calvary Community Church of Williams Bay and her free time was spent reading, cooking, making crafts and dining out. She is survived by nieces, Kathleen (Steers) Eichelkraut of Platteville, Betty (Stasney) Eichelkraut of Alma Center, Anna Marie (Brockman) Eichelkraut of Waunakee and Marlaine White of Eau Claire; nephews, Henry Eichelkraut of Bellville, Martin White of West Palm Beach, Fla. and Matthew White of Madison; and cousins, Marie Nobbs of Stoughton, John and Alice Benner of Marshfield, Norma Thrun of McFarland and Janet Benner of Marshfield. Services for Bertha Thrun will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007, at TOYNTON FUNERAL HOME, in Walworth. Visitation will be prior to the service. Private interment will be in the Nasonville Lutheran Cemetery in Marshfield.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 31, 2006

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Obituary: Linda Mary Maloney - Class of 1968

MADISON - Linda Mary Maloney passed away on Saturday, Dec. 23, 2006. She was a quilt maker for many years. Linda had a gift with fabrics, and was able to take small scraps of material and make them into beautiful quilts. She learned the craft from her grandmother. Linda was also very involved with the music scene in Madison for many years, writing music and cultural articles for local papers in the Madison area, namely The Isthmus. One of the highlights of her life was getting tickets to see Otis Redding for his Madison concert on Dec. 10, 1967. Linda attended Madison Central High School, graduating in 1969. She then went on to study journalism at Madison Area Technical College. Linda also embraced the Native American culture, and that became a large part of her life. Her native name was "Standing Woman that Sees Spirits", and she also served as a pipe carrier. Linda was also active in the local Native American community. She is survived by her daughter, Sara E. Linde of Seattle, Wash.; sisters, Susan A. Maloney of Exton, Pa., and Mary B. (Michael) Souza of East Windsor, N.J.; a brother, Steven R. (Diane) Maloney of Evansville; as well as many nieces and nephews. Linda is also survived by a special friend, Arthur Robert Longbohn of Madison. She was preceded in death by her father, Robert C. Maloney and mother, Margaret M. Maloney; and also her grandparents. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 29, 2006, followed by a service of remembrance at 2 p.m. The family would like to thank the staff at HospiceCare Inc., the doctors and nurses at UW Hospital and the liver transplant team, her many Native friends who were with her to help with her departure from this earth to her new home, and also to Aunt Lonnie. Linda was loved, and will be missed by all. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 28, 2006

Page from the 1968 Tychoberahn showing Mary Maloney as a senior

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Obituary: Oscar Karp - Class of 1938

MADISON - Oscar Karp, age 86, died on Monday, Dec. 25, 2006, at HospiceCare in Fitchburg. Oscar was born on July 27, 1920, in La Crosse. He lived his early years at Preston, Minn. Oscar graduated from Madison Central High School in 1938 and the University of Wisconsin in 1948. Oscar served for three and a half years with the U.S. Air Force, two and a half years in England during World War II. Oscar's life was spent in retail management and sales, including 20 years with Gimbles-Milwaukee, and Hilldale- Madison. He also managed some of the first large discount department stores in Detroit, South Bend, Minneapolis and Omaha. Oscar was a volunteer, a blood donor and seven year employee of The American Red Cross in Madison. Survivors include his brothers, Harold of California, Joseph of Oregon, and Mike (Helen) of Arizona; and many nieces and nephews whom he loved dearly. Oscar was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Helen (Setlick) Karp; his father, Michael; his mothers, Anna (Tobias) Karp and Sarah (Berg) Karp; brother, Howard; and nephews, John and Charles. Graveside Services for Oscar were held at 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2006, at Forest Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Beth Israel Synagogue, 1406 Mound St., Madison, WI 53711; The American Red Cross, 4860 Sheboygan Ave., Madison, WI 53705; HospiceCare Inc., 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711; or Independent Living, 602 North Segoe Road, Madison, WI 53705. "Nothing is sweeter than Love, nothing stronger, nothing loftier, nothing grander, nothing pleasanter, nothing fuller, nothing better in Heaven or on Earth." Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 6021 University Ave. (608) 238-8406

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 27, 2007

Friday, December 22, 2006

Obituary: Nancy L. (Deering) Karabas

MADISON - Nancy L. Karabas, age 73, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at her home. She was born on Nov. 24, 1933, in Madison, the daughter of Carl E. and Marvel (Ring) Deering. Nancy was united in marriage to George Karabas on Oct. 11, 1959, in Madison and he preceded her in death in 2001. She was a lifelong resident of Madison and graduate of Madison Central High School. Mrs. Karabas was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Madison. She was employed as a bookkeeper at Busch Beauty Salon, Madison and for her husband's business Chief Video, Madison. Mrs. Karabas also worked for a period as a clerk at the Boston Store. She was a huge fan of Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers. Nancy is survived by her brothers, Delmar (Evelyn) Deering of Mount Horeb, Donald (Shirley) Deering of Kentucky, Robert (Mary Jean) Deering and Richard (Mary) Deering, all of Madison; her sisters, Alice (Verlyn) Dary and Ruth (Luther) Albert, all of Madison; special friend and caregiver, Hope Weichbrod (Ralph) of Marshall; a special niece who was like a sister, Denise; and numerous other nieces, nephews and friends also mourn her passing. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, at 2 p.m. at HOLY CROSS LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2670 Milwaukee St., Madison, with the Rev. Bernt Tweit officiating. Burial will be held in Roselawn Memorial Park, Monona. Family and friends are invited to call on Friday at the church from 1 p.m. until the time of the service. Cress Funeral and Cremation Services 3325 E. Washington Ave

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 22, 2006

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Obituary: Lucille J. (Anding) Drozd - Class of 1934

PORT WASHINGTON - Lucille J. Drozd (nee Anding), age 90 years. Beloved wife of the late Michael J. Drozd. Dear mother of Patricia (Gary) Ecklund, Michael D. (Karen) Drozd and the late Jean (the late Robert) Johnson. Fond grandma of James, John, Jeffrey and Joseph Ecklund, Michelle Emerson, Kristine Edmunds, Sara Kregel, Lindsay and Joseph Johnson, Proud great-grandma of Michael, Michelle, Jessica, Kellie, Laura and Jennifer Ecklund, Katherine Moody, Madison and Kane Edmunds. Further survived by her sister, Lavon Beyler, other relatives and friends. Funeral Mass 2:30PM Sat. Dec. 16 at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 430 Johnnson Street, Port Washington. Interment parish cemetery. Visitation Noon-2:30PM Sat. AT CHURCH with a 12 Noon Rosary. Memorials to "John Ecklund's Room", DeKalb MR Auxiliary, 2660 Osborne Rd. NE, Atlanta, GA 30319. Condolences/info POOLE FUNERAL HOME 262-284-4431

Originally published in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel on December 14, 2006

Note: Lucille Anding Drozd's class year is based on information in the 1934 Orange and Black yearbook, which features her senior photo in the June graduates section.

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Obituary: Samuel Thomas "Tom" Beld - Class of 1968

MADISON - Samuel Thomas "Tom" Beld, age 56, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006. He was born on Aug. 12, 1950, in Madison, the son of George and Rachel Beld. Tom graduated from Central High School, with the class of 1968. He owned Beld Roofing in Madison. Tom enjoyed kayaking, canoeing, bowling, helping others, traveling, especially to Mexico, and socializing with family and friends. He is survived by his mother, Rachel Smith of Madison; two children, Matt Beld and Christina Beld both of Madison; and their mother, Peggy Beld of McFarland; two grandchildren, Diamond and Darius Washington; a brother, Jeff (Denise) Beld of Santa Cruz, Calif.; a sister, Janice (Lucas) Piper of Oregon; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Tom was preceded in death by his father, George; step-father, Fred Smith; and a brother, Gary Beld. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, at 2 p.m., on Sunday, Dec. 10, 2006. Visitation will be at the funeral home from noon until the time of the service on Sunday. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 7, 2006