Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Obituary: Mary Jane Raymond Berg - Class of 1927

BARABOO - Mary Jane Raymond Berg, age 98, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2007, at St. Clare Meadows Nursing Home in Baraboo. She was born on Jan. 20, 1909, in Fond du Lac. She graduated from Central High School in Madison and on Sept. 21, 1929, married Oscar Theodore Berg. After 16 years of marriage, their only child was born on VE Day. Mary wanted to name her daughter Victoria Eugenia, but Oscar won out and they named her Mary Jane. Mary enjoyed sewing, crocheting, gardening and travel and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She retired from the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. She was preceded in death by her parents, William and Ada (Tourtellotte) Raymond; her brother, Frank; and her husband, Oscar. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Jane (Bob) Foote of Baraboo; two grandchildren, Maria (Dan) Dyslin of Madison and Oscar (Megan) Yturriaga of Burlington, Iowa; five great-grandchildren, Andre, Keats and Karina Dylsin and Isabella and Javier Yturriaga; four nephews, Lloyd, Tom, Steve and Dan Berg and their families. Mary was a wonderful mother and grandmother and will always be loved and missed, but never forgotten. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007, at 10 a.m. at TRINITY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 1123 Vilas Ave., in Madison, with Pastor Bob Foote officiating. Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church. The Redlin Funeral Home in Baraboo is assisting the family.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on August 29, 2007

Note: Mary Jane Raymond Berg's class year is based on information in the 1927 Tychoberahn, where her photograph is included among those of the graduating seniors.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Obituary: Richard C. "Dick" Rogers

FORT MEYERS, FLA- Richard C. "Dick" Rogers, age 72, of N. Fort Myers, Fla., passed away peacefully on Friday, Aug. 10, 2007, at home with his family by his side. He was born on June 2, 1935, in Madison, the son of Clyde and Wilma Rogers. Richard attended Madison Central High School where he met the love of his life, his wife of 52 years. He married Sally Christianson on May 4, 1955, in Beloit. He served in the Army and worked for the Madison Metropolitan School District for 30 years. He was a member of the Moose Lodge. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, bowling, golfing, dancing and loved going camping with his family and friends. He played softball up until 2001 and was recently put on the "Wall of Fame" in Florida. He is survived by his wife, Sally; sons, Richard R. (Jill) and Chad H. (Stacy); daughters, Debra M. (Kelly) Elliott, Tammy J. (Butch) Ziegler, Jodie L. (Mike) Spahn, Sally J. (Jerry) Muller; brothers, Jack (Lavonne), Royce, Tom (Lois), Pat (Carol); sister, Mary (Frank) Knox; 10 grandchildren, Richie, Dylan, Haley, Stefanie, Tony, Trey, Mike, Jesse, Cassie and Ayden who were all his little buggers; his many nephews and nieces; and Mike (Bette) David. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clyde and Wilma Rogers; brother, James Rogers; and twin brother, Robert "Bob" Rogers. There will be a celebration of life on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2007, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. at 6250 Woodland Dr., Waunakee, and another in N. Fort Myers, Fla., on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2007, for all his family and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope Hospice Care at 9470 HealthPark Circle, Fort Myers, FL 33908 or, in memory of Richard Rogers. He was a loving husband, father, brother and grandpa. Richards smiling face and humor will be greatly missed by family, northern friends and his Florida family of friends. We will miss you "Honey, Dad, Grandpa." We Love You! God Bless You and Keep You.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on August 19, 2007

Friday, August 10, 2007

Obituary: Betty Jane (Gant) Van Buren - Class of 1950

MADISON- Betty Jane Van Buren came into this world on Oct. 16, 1931 and left for eternal life on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2007. She passed away from emphysema/COPD. Betty died with her family present. Betty was a mother, daughter, sister, grandma, great grandma and friend. She was equally great to all of them. Betty?s generosity was second to none. She would help anyone without reservation and would give the shirt off her back. Betty grew up a farmer's daughter in Mineral Point, before moving to Madison, to attend Central High School. After high school, she started her family on Madison's east side. She enjoyed many things throughout her life, but most of all, her family. Betty will be missed dearly by all who loved her. Her laugh, wit and even the glare she gave when you did something wrong. We will miss it all. We love you always and forever. Betty will be reunited in heaven with her mother, Lillian Gant and father, Morris Gant. Betty is survived by her children, Fred (Kimmy) VanBuren, Rick (Julie) Schaffer, Sue Schaffer, Bill (Kathy) Schaffer and Mary (Tim) Welsh. She is further survived by her sisters, Charlotte (Delbert) Bertroch, Millie (Ole) Olson and Marian (Harold) Schmalz; and 11 grandchildren Ian and Graham Welsh, Jenifer and Ashley Schaffer, Sheila (Elliot) Brakmanis, Nathan (Ashley) Schaffer, Ellery (Courtney) Schaffer, Tiffany (Rob) Crim, Crystal Sadek, Wil Sadek and the newest grandchild Rachel Van Buren. She is also survived by six great grandchildren, Tanner, Hailey, Willie, Cole, Bo and Chloe. Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, 2007, at the CRESS FUNERAL HOME, where friends may call from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. The Rev. Dr. David J. Berggren will officiate. Burial will take place in the Graceland Cemetery in Mineral Point. The family would like to acknowledge the staff of Meriter Hospital, Waunakee Manor, Madison Coalition of Aging and especially the staff of HospiceCare of Madison. Thank you all!Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 3325 E. Washington Ave. (608) 249-6666

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on August 10, 2007

Note: Betty Jane (Gant) Van Buren's class year is based on information in the 1950 Tychoberahn, where her photograph is included with the graduating seniors.