Friday, October 26, 2007

Obituary: Susan M. (Teasdale) Shaw - Class of 1967

MADISON - Susan M. Shaw, age 58, of Madison, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, at St. Mary's Hospital. She was born on Jan. 17, 1949, in Madison, the daughter of Charles and Virginia (Bowles) Teasdale. Susan graduated from Madison Central High School in 1967. She married Steve Shaw on May 24, 1969, in Madison. Susan loved her time with her family and pets, and loved to read. She is survived by her husband, Steve; daughter, Kristine Shaw; mother, Virginia Teasdale, all of Madison; two brothers, John (Leeann) Teasdale of Madison, and William (Ellie) Teasdale of Fitchburg; sister-in-law, Sharon Murphy of Madison; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Susan was preceded in death by her father; and a brother, James Teasdale. Memorial services will be held on Monday, Oct. 29, 2007, at 7 p.m., at the GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive. Visitation will be held on Monday from 5 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

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

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Josephine Capaci Hagen - Class of 1942

MADISON - Josephine Capaci Hagen, age 82, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2007, at Swanton House, Madison, after a courageous eight-month battle with a brain tumor. She was a 29-year breast cancer survivor. She was born on July 27, 1925, in Madison, the daughter of Joseph and Leonora (Riolo) Capaci. Josephine was raised in the Greenbush area neighborhood and loved to talk about those days growing up. She was proud of her Albanian heritage and was especially proud to be a first-generation American. Josephine attended Franklin Elementary School and Central High School, graduating in 1942. She went to work at Truax Field for the base quartermaster. She then went to work at Westinghouse, where she met her future brother-in-law, Willard Hagen, who introduced her to his brother, Ernie, her future husband. Josephine was united in marriage to Ernest "Ernie" Hagen on April 20, 1947. She went on to work for Johnson Hearing Aid Center and worked there for almost 20 years. During that time with the Johnson's, she and Ernie raised their two children. After the Johnson's retired, she worked at the V.F.W. State Headquarters for 12 years, retiring in 1989. Josephine then stayed home, caring for Ernie until his death after he suffered a stroke. She was a member of the V.F.W. Auxiliary, the Order of Amaranth, the Daughters of the Nile and Bashford United Methodist Church. Josephine was a mother of two but a mom to many. She joined the Order of Eastern Star, 283 Starlight Chapter, and became a mother advisor in the Order of Rainbow For Girls, where she became the mom to many teenage girls who many still call her Mom Hagen, even after 30 years. Josephine was a room grandma for Mrs. Wilson's class at Maywood Elementary School, Monona and joined RSVP, where she demonstrated how to use old kitchen utensils to elementary school children in the Madison schools. During her time in Eastern Star, she held numerous positions. She was worthy matron and treasurer many times and held the chair of Grand Ruth and made many friends in her "grand family". Josephine is survived by her daughter, Jean (Greg) Arthur of Madison; grandchildren, Lori (Scott) Gray of McFarland, Kati Arthur of Madison, and Matt Arthur of San Diego, Calif.; five great-grandchildren, Amber, Nicole, Jaime, Kellie and Jenifer; a sister, Sarah Curning; two daughters-in-law, Mary Helmke and Lynn Hagen; niece, Maggie Lourim of Mount Horeb; two nephews, John Curning of Cottage Grove, and Richard Hagen of New Glarus; her dearest friend, Lois Statz; and her companion, Elmo Peterson, who has stuck by her side through health and sickness for 15 years. She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, John Hagen; her parents; two sisters, Mary and Maria; brother, Joe; two brothers-in-law, John Curning Sr. and Willard Hagen; and sister-in-law, Evelyn Hagen. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, at 11 a.m., on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, with the Rev. Francis Deaner presiding. Burial will be at Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., on Friday, Oct. 26, 2007, and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday. Jean and her family wishes to thank HospiceCare for their support during the last eight months, and Tina, Tamarah and Tracy of Swanton House Assisted Living for their most professional and loving care of Mom during her final days. Thank you Bob for your commitment to her care during these months. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on October 24, 2007

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Obituary: Hermine Sauthoff Davidson - Class of 1928

MADISON - Hermine Sauthoff Davidson, 97, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2007, peacefully in her home in Madison. She was born July 12, 1910, to Berthold and Mary (Mame) Sauthoff, also Madison natives. She was one of the first graduates of the University of Wisconsin Modern Dance program in 1932, guided by Margaret H'Doubler. She taught at Ohio State University and then at New York University, earning a master's degree there. While in New York, she also studied with the Martha Graham Dance Studio. During World War II, she served with the American Red Cross in England, France, and Germany for three years. After the war, she was employed by the Madison School District as supervisor of elementary and high school physical education, and organizer of women's sports and adult recreation programs. One of the adult recreational programs she became very involved with was square and folk dancing, where she met and married Charlie Davidson. They "called" for the "Folk Fiesta" sessions in the Great Hall of the Wisconsin Union, and on the King Street Plaza of the State Capitol. These were enjoyed by hundreds of dancers and spectators, many of whom also married as a result. Hermine enjoyed sailing, canoeing, and camping with her husband, Charlie and their children, Liese and Rob. She gardened, knitted, and taught all the neighborhood kids to swim. She was very active politically and in the community, in such things as Waunona Garden Club, Waunona Association, the Beltline relocation campaign, the Kanopy Dance Company, the Broadway Simpson Neighborhood Center, and advocating for the Madison lakes. She was a lifelong member of the First Unitarian Society, was on the Madison School Board for six years, played bridge, and attended nearly every American Players Theater performance since its opening. She was named a YWCA Woman of Distinction in 2003. She had a great interest in people and enjoyed talking with everyone she met. She and Charlie took joy in many far-flung Elderhostel programs, and in visiting grandchildren in Anchorage, Alaska. She remained an active and enthusiastic individual all her life. Among her survivors are her husband, Charlie; son, Rob of Madison; daughter, Liese and husband Jim Munter of Anchorage; and grandchildren, Lynn, Katie and Scott Munter. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2007, at the FIRST UNITARIAN SOCIETY, 900 University Bay Drive, Madison. The family requests contributions to the charity of your choice in lieu of flowers.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on October 14, 2007

Note: Hermine Sauthoff's class year is based on information in the 1928 Tychoberahn, where she is pictured among the February graduates.

Obituary: Frederick C. Suhr - Class of 1929

DANA POINT, CALIF. - Frederick C. Suhr, age 96, died on Wednesday, Oct.10, 2007, at his home in Dana Point, California. A loving husband, devoted father and grandfather, and friend to many, Fred will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. He was born in Madison on June 26, 1911, the son of Fred W. Suhr, longtime former president of the American Exchange Bank, and Laura Stieglitz Suhr. He was a graduate of Madison Central High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison from which he received a BA degree in 1933, and a LL.B. degree in 1935. He graduated with many honors including Phi Beta Kappa. In 1941, he married the former Betty Hutchcroft who preceded him in death in 1996. After completing six months of office practice with the Madison law firm then known as Lafollette, Rogers and Roberts, he was admitted to practice law in the state of Wisconsin and the Federal District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin in January 1936. He practiced law continuously with that firm, now and since 1970 known as Boardman, Suhr, Curry and Field, except for thirty-five months of military service during World War II with the Army Counter Intelligence Corp. He became of council in 1982, and officially retired from the firm in July 2003, at the age of 92. Fred was a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Wisconsin and the Dane County Bar Association and its past president. Fred was a member of The Madison Club for over 50 years, and served as president in 1970-71, and thereafter as president of the separate but related entity, the Madison Club House Corporation, which owns the Club property. He was also a member of the Bascom Hill Society of the University of Wisconsin Foundation. For most of his adult life he was involved in boating activities, both sail and power boat. In the late 1930s, he was a member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra as a second violinist for about four years. Fred moved to Southern California in April 2003, after the death of his son Steve, so that he could be with his daughter Margi and her family. Fred is survived by his daughter Margi; and his three grandchildren, Amy, Omar and Beau. We will celebrate Fred's extraordinary life at a memorial service on Friday, Oct. 19, 2007, at CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, 944 East Gorham St. The family may be greeted beginning at 10 a.m. with the service starting promptly at 11 a.m. A reception in his honor will be held at the Madison Club following the service. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the University of Wisconsin Foundation, Madison for the Frederick C. Suhr Pooled Fund A or Macular Degeneration Research, 22512 Gateway Center Drive, Clarksburg, Maryland 20871.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on October 14, 2007

Note: Frederick Suhr's class year is based on information in the 1929 Tychoberahn, where his photograph appears among those of the February 1929 graduates. He was class saluatorian.

Obituary: Ethel (Dillon) Ackey

MADISON - Ethel Ackley passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2007, at Harbor House in Middleton. She was born in Madison, on July 21, 1926, daughter of Edmond Stone and Bridget (McKinley) Dillon. Ethel attended Madison Central High School. As a young woman, she worked at the telephone company and then spent more than 20 years working at Central Wisconsin Center. She loved caring for disabled children before completing her career in the nursing office. A loving wife, mother and grandmother, Ethel will be remembered for her warmth, love for animals, sense of humor and singing around the house. She enjoyed travel, especially to Las Vegas with her husband, Jim, reading and visiting with her large extended family. Ethel is survived by her children, Diane (Michael) Weiner, Robert (Susan) Ackley, and Richard (Jamie) Ackley; grandchildren, Christopher, Michael (Rebecca) and Timothy Ackley, James Engber, Ariel (Ryan) Malia, and James Ackley; eight great-grandchildren; a sister, Mary Ellen (George) Flatman; sisters-in-law, June Stone and Marion Stone; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 48 years, James Ackley; her parents; sisters, Elizabeth Jane, Helen, Patricia and Beverley; and brothers, John, Joseph and Thomas. A memorial service will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, at 11 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 15, 2007, with the Rev. Steve Zwettler presiding. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to HospiceCare Inc. or the Madison Public Library. The family wishes to thank her Harbor House caretakers, the wonderful Hospice staff, and the Dean East Clinic staff, especially Dr. Jennifer Black. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on October 14, 2007

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Obituary: Betty (Scoville) Bluell

LAS VEGAS, NEV./ MADISON - Betty Bluell, age 75, of Madison, went home to be with God after a brief illness on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2007, at a local Las Vegas hospital. She was born on Jan. 8, 1932, in Madison, the daughter of Helen and Bernard Scoville. She attended Madison Central High School. She was married to Charles A. Pierce on May 5, 1956, for 22 years until his passing in 1978. She later married Donald Bluell on May 7, 1983, for 15 years until his passing in 1998. While raising her two children, she ran the UW Extension Friedrick Center catering service for 16 years until her retirement in 1988. In 1989, she relocated to Las Vegas, with her late husband, Donald Bluell. She had a heart of gold and always went out of her way to help family members both emotionally and financially. She always made it a point to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She also enjoyed reading, taking care of her dog Roxie and traveling back to Madison. She is survived by her children, Kathy Huseby of Las Vegas, Nev. and Charles Pierce of Madison; three grandchildren, Traci (Nate) Ellsworth, Charlie Pierce Jr. and Isabella Pierce; three great-granddaughters, Nicole Ellsworth, Madeline Ellsworth and Nicole Ellsworth; a sister, Jeanne Moriarity of Madison; nieces; nephews; along with other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, Oct. 12, 2007, at 3:30 p.m. at ROSELAWN MAUSOLEUM, 705 Femrite Drive, Monona. Entombment will be at Roselawn Mausoleum.

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

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Obituary: Alice Krug Kendall MacDonald

MADISON - Alice Krug Kendall MacDonald, age 92, died Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, at the Harbor House Assisted Living Facility in Madison. The second youngest of the seven children of Julius J. Krug and Emma Korfmacher, Alice outlived all of her siblings and their respective spouses as well as both parents. The death of her youngest child, Ken MacDonald, at the age of 40 was a sorrow she carried to the end of her life. She also unexpectedly lost her only grandson, Tony Kendall, who was 29 at the time of his death. Alice is survived by three children, Kay, Doug and Lynn Kendall, all of Madison; her granddaughter, Rae Leigh Kendall Daun, also of Madison; and three great-grandsons, Karl and Jacob Kendall Daun of Madison and Sean Kendall of Wisconsin Dells. Her father, Julius Krug, was a well known law enforcement figure in Madison, serving on the police force early in the last century and as Dane County Sheriff for two terms in the 1920's. Alice spent many years living in the Sheriff's residence next to the old jail and had many stories of the animals which shared her home and of the very active and adventuresome Krug siblings. Throughout her professional life she was an art teacher of unusual talent and inspiration in the Madison Public School System. After her retirement she finally had the time to seriously pursue her own talents as a painter and won various state and local prizes for her work. She gave two essential gifts to her children: to recognize and celebrate both created and natural beauty in the world and to develop their own talents in whatever area they resided. A memorial service to celebrate her life will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, 2007, at LIVING WATER CHURCH, 3075 Prospect Dr in Sun Prairie. Pastor Jon Gerdts will officiate. All guests are invited to a luncheon at the church following the service. The family would like to thank Glen Rosen, the staffs at Sylvan Crossings and Harbor House, and Hospice. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Salvation Army, 630 E. Washington Ave., Madison. All Faiths Funeral and Cremation Services Madison (608) 442-0477

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on October 7, 2007

Friday, October 05, 2007

Obituary: Clair R. "Shakey" Soule

MADISON - Clair R. "Shakey" Soule, age 81, died on Thursday, Oct. 4, 2007, at HospiceCare. He was born on June 20, 1926, in Madison, the son of Ralph and Margaret (Grasser) Soule. Clair graduated from Central High School and served in the Navy during World War II and Korea. He belonged to the Laborers Union Local No. 464 for 58 years, serving as their business agent and as a laborer. He played and umpired softball in the City of Madison and enjoyed bowling for many years. He was also a loyal participant in the Lane's Bakery bunch. He was a member of St. James Catholic Church and the Madison Elks Club. Survivors include his wife, Joanne Pedder of Madison; a daughter, Jennifer (Glade Little) Soule of St. Albans, W.Va.; a son, Clinton J. (Alice) Soule of Madison; four stepchildren, Wayne (Janet) Pedder of Ridgeway, Rita (Ed) Walsh of Closter, N.J., Renee (Dan) Burke of McFarland, and Al (fiancee, Heidi Skaleski) Pedder of Madison; eight grandchildren; a sister, Mary Jo (Werner) Mackler of Mount Horeb; a brother, Robert (Marilyn) Soule of Cassville; and many nieces and nephews including a special niece, Pat Emmons. He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Elizabeth Fielman on Dec. 19, 1994; and three sisters, Vivian Emmons, Catherine Beckwith and Muriel Snow. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. JAMES CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1134 St. James Court, Madison, on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2007, at 11 a.m. Monsignor Thomas Baxter will officiate with burial in Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery. Friends and relatives may call from 9:30 a.m. on Saturday at the church until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to HospiceCare, National Kidney Foundation or the family. The family wishes to thank Dr. Wertsch, Dr. Ahrens, Dr. Trostel, Deb Ward, P.A., Sister Pam and the wonderful staff at St. Mary's Renal Center. Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home and Cremation Services 5701 Odana Road (608) 274-1000

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on October 5, 2007