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

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