Sunday, July 29, 2007

Obituary: Theresa A. (Coghlan) Acker - Class of 1952

MIDDLETON - Theresa A. Acker, age 73, passed away on Friday, July 27, 2007. She was born on Feb. 10, 1934, in Rochester, Minn., the daughter of William and Ada (Hunter) Coghlan. Theresa was a 1952 graduate of Madison Central High School. She had worked at a number of grocery stores in the Middleton area and later before retirement she worked for the State of Wisconsin, Department of Revenue. Theresa had a variety of interests which included sewing whenever she could, taking pictures whenever the opportunity came, and traveling, with a major highlight, their trip to Ireland. She loved her family dearly and treasured most watching her grandchildren in their activities with her husband. Theresa is survived by her husband, Linus, of 52 years; two sons, Patrick (Kathy) and Christopher (Ellen), all of Cross Plains; four grandchildren, Dustin (Carleen), Kaila, Zachary and Kaitlyn; a sister, Margaret Ballweg; and a brother, Jim Coghlan. She was preceded in death by a son, Daniel; her parents; and several brothers and sisters. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. BERNARD'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 7450 University Ave., Middleton, at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, July 30, 2007, with Monsignor Joseph P. Higgins and Father Tom Kelley concelebrating. Burial will be in St. Peter?s Cemetery, Ashton. Family and friends may call from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 29, 2007, at the GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL HOME, 7435 University Ave., Middleton, and also on Monday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. The family wishes to express a special thank you to Theresa's sister, Margaret Ballweg and her daughters, Kathleen and Georgette Ballweg, Monsignors Doug and Adrian, Father Tom, Sister John Rose, HospiceCare and Home Health United for their loving care and support. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to HospiceCare, Inc. or to the St. Francis Xavier Catholic School Endowment Fund in Cross Plains. Miss Me-But Let Me Go, When I come to the end of the road, And the sun has set for me, I want no rites in a, gloom filled room. Why cry for a soul set-free. Miss me a little-but not too long, And not with your head bowed low. Remember the love that we once shared, Miss me-but let me go. For this is a journey, that we all must take, And each must go alone, It's all a part of the Master's plan, A step on the road to home. When you are lonely, and sick to heart, Go to the friends we know, And bury your sorrows, in doing good deeds. Miss me-but let me go. Gunderson West Funeral & Cremation Centers 7435 University Ave (608) 831-6761

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Obituary: Richard Pahmeier - Class of 1953

MONONA - Richard Pahmeier, age 72, passed away suddenly on Monday, July 23, 2007, at home. He was born on Jan. 12, 1935, in Madison, to Art and Bernice (Crawford) Pahmeier. Richard graduated from Madison Central High School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1953 until 1955. Richard was a meat cutter by trade, and retired from Sentry Foods. He was passionate for adventurous activities throughout his life, including sky diving, scuba diving, skiing and four wheeling. Richard was an avid Wisconsin sports teams fan and NASCAR fan. He was a Christian. Richard leaves behind many great friends with whom he shared many good times. He is survived by his children, Jan Pahmeier of Bedford, Ind., Richard Pahmeier of Bedford, Ind., Toni (Larry) Wood of Junction City, Ark., Charmaine (Thomas) Cardwell of Louisville, Ky., Tracie (James) Kestler of Louisville, Ky., Roshara Awtrey of Monona, Cheress (Todd) Steinhorst of Powdersprings, Ga., Gordon (Pam) Pahmeier of Monona, Vicky (Troy) Lee of Bedford, Ind., and Angie (Hany) Pahmeier Mishrgy of Monona; grandchildren, Erin, Brandon, Crystal, A.J., Joshua, Stephanie, Michelle, Chad, Joshua, Spenser, Caitlyn, Austin, Abigail and Alysha; great-grandchildren, A.J. and Kiley; and four sisters, Barbara, Niva, Pearl and Doris. Richard was preceded in death by his parents; and brothers, Gordon and Wayne. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 26, 2007, with military rites conducted at 5 p.m. He will be sadly missed. Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 26, 2007

Note: Richard Pahmeier's class year is based on information from the 1953 Tychoberahn, where his photograph is included with the graduating seniors.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Obituary: Marilyn K. Kerwin

WINDSOR - Marilyn K. Kerwin, age 64, passed away at her home with her husband by her side on Saturday, July 21, 2007. She was born on May 20, 1943, in Madison. Marilyn was proudly raised by her mother Lela and her stepfather Bob Minch. She had attended St. James Grade School and Central High School in Madison. For 22 years, Marilyn worked for the VA Hospital in food service. On October 6, 1990, Marilyn was united in marriage to Charles M. Kerwin in DeForest. Marilyn cherished the time spent with her family. She is survived by her husband of 17 years, Charles Kerwin of Windsor, three children, Lynn Olson of Windsor, Kim (Lynn) Timm of Fox Lake and Jeffrey Kerwin of Cottage Grove; three grandchildren, Kyle, Benjamin and Hannah; her stepfather, Bob Minch of Sun Prairie; a sister, Judith (Ray) Schmid of Sun Prairie; two nieces, Theresa (Terry) Merrill of Dickenson, Texas and Lisa Valentin of Madison; great-nieces, Kristin, Lisa, Meghan and Celie; and her dog, Joey. She is also survived by other loving family and friends. Marilyn was preceded in death by her mother, Lela on Dec. 31, 1998. A memorial service will be held at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 6924 Lake Rd., DeForest on Tuesday, July 24, 2007, at 7 p.m. with Father Gary Wankerl officiating. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Tuesday from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. Private burial will be held at a later date at Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Madison. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to HospiceCare Inc., 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711. The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Meriter Hospital ER, 7th and 8th floors for all their guidance and support. Marilyn, you will always have a special place in our hearts. We love you. Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 6924 Lake Rd. (608) 846-4250

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 23, 2007

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Obituary: Roberta K. (Chadwick) Fjelstad - Class of 1964

MADISON - Roberta "Bert" K. Fjelstad, loving daughter, mother, grandmother and sister, age 60, of Madison, died unexpectedly on Friday, July 13, 2007, at Meriter Hospital in Madison. She was born on Sept. 1, 1946, in Richland Center, to Lyle and Helen (Duhr) Chadwick. She married Duane G. Fjelstad on July 26, 1969, in Madison. He preceded her in death on June 28, 1995. Survivors include her mother, Helen Chadwick of Monona; her children, Edward Lamers of Appleton, Michael (Carla) Fjelstad of Stoughton, Tonya (Joe Lentz) Shabani of Madison and Duanna Fjelstad and Jennifer Fjelstad, both of Marshall; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Lyla (Bill) New of Idaho and Lisa (Robert) Schoeneide of Beaver Dam; three brothers, her twin brother, Robert Chadwick of Sun Prairie, Richard (June) Chadwick of DeForest and Jeff Chadwick of Green Bay; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. In addition to her father, Lyle and her husband, Duane, she was preceded in death by her grandson, Jonathan; her twin daughter, Michelle; and her twin son, Matthew. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, July 16, 2007, at ELLESTAD FUNERAL HOME, 500 N. Eighth St., Mount Horeb, with the Rev. Jeffrey Jacobs officiating. Burial will be at Perry Lutheran Church Cemetery in Daleyville. Friends may call from 9:30 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. on Monday prior to the service at ELLESTAD FUNERAL HOME in Mount Horeb. In lieu of flowers, memorials preferred.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 15, 2007

Note: Roberta Chadwick Fjelstad's class year is based on information in the 1964 Tychoberahn, where she is pictured among the members of the Senior Class.

Obituary: Clair "Sonny" Carson - Class of 1957

MADISON - Clair "Sonny" Carson, age 70, passed away on Thursday, July 12, 2007, in Madison. He was born on April 21, 1937, in Madison, the son of Clair and Flossie (Ellis) Carson. Sonny graduated from Madison Central High School in 1957. He enjoyed being outdoors, landscaping, hunting and fishing. Sonny loved spending time with friends, customers, otherwise known as the "regulars," working in his vegetable garden and selling produce at his stand. His red barn has been a fixture on Madison's East Side for the last 34 years, beginning at the Capital Square during the early days of the Farmers Market, to Fair Oaks Avenue, Cottage Grove Road, Monona Drive, and most recently at Lake Edge Shopping Center. Sonny did not have any children of his own, but he was looked upon as a mentor and father to all. He is survived by his three brothers, Clayton "Pete" (Lois) of Madison, Robert "Bob" (Joan) of Madison and John "Jack" (Alvina) of Tennessee; a half-sister, Doris Davis of Platteville; and nieces, nephews and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; a half-brother, Milton "Bud" Lemke; and a half-sister, Dorothy Strait. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Dr., at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 17,2007. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, July 16, 2007. The family wishes to express a special thank you to Beverly and to all of Sonny's customers and friends, for all their friendship throughout the years. Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Dr. (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 15, 2007

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Obituary: Cassandra "Candy" (Johnson) Sorenson - Class of 1968

MOAB, UTAH - Cassandra "Candy" (Johnson) Sorensen, age 57, passed away at her Utah home, Saturday, June 9, 2007. She was preceded in death by her parents, Phillip and Edith Johnson and her brother, Philip Lee Johnson. She leaves behind her husband, Joe Sorensen; a sister, Debbie Johnson; a brother, Russ Johnson; her three sons, Jeff, Jody and Danny Vultaggio; and eight grandchildren. She cherished her family and friends. Cass loved the outdoors and worked in many different parts of the country from Florida to Hawaii, Arizona to Oregon. She was no stranger to hard work. She cold take apart and fix almost anything. She was quick to laugh, always had a project going and spoke her mind all the way to the end. As per Cass' wishes, there will be no memorial service.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 1, 2007

Note: Cassandra (Johnson) Sorenson's class year is based on information provided by Tom Jordee

Obituary: Ethel M. (Barry) Caruso

MADISON - Ethel M. Caruso, age 89, passed away at St. Mary's Hospital on Friday, June 29, 2007. She was born on Feb. 21, 1918, the daughter of Thomas and Anna Catherine (Brissee) Barry. Ethel was a graduate from Central High School, and was united in marriage to Sam Caruso in October of 1942. She enjoyed being a homemaker and raising her five children. Ethel also worked for Richardson Bus Service for 25 years. She enjoyed playing bingo and bowling, but her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ethel is survived by her children; Sam Caruso Jr. of Madison, Patricia (Denis) Dennis of Oregon, Tim (Sandy) Caruso of Fitchburg and Phillip (June) Caruso of Fitchburg; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Sam; son, Michael Caruso; great-grandson, Benjamin Littel; and a brother, Frank Barry. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 3, 2007, at 11 a.m. at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive. Burial will follow at Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation will be on Tuesday, from 9 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home. Special thank you to the staff at Oak Park for their care of Ethel. Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 1, 2007