Sunday, August 24, 2008

Obituary: Jane E. Martin - Class of 1947

MADISON - Jane E. Martin died peacefully on Friday, Aug. 22, 2008, at Capitol Lakes Retirement Center, Madison. She was born Aug. 11, 1929, in Chicago, Ill., the daughter of Eugene and Elizabeth (Klewer) Martin. Jane graduated from Madison Central High School and began her career at Rayovac and later worked for the state of Wisconsin. She was employed in the Highway Division of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, where she advanced to an administrative position before her retirement. She volunteered in the gift shop at St. Mary's and Meriter hospitals for many years and was employed part time at the Monona branch of the Madison Public Library after retiring. Jane enjoyed golf, bowling, travel and was an avid Cubs fan. A member of St. Raphael's since childhood, Jane was a devout Catholic. She served as President of the Catholic Daughters of America and was active in many church related organizations including the St. Raphael Altar Society. She was associated with the Schoenstatt Sisters of Mary. Jane was a devoted daughter, caring for her mother for many years before her death in 1981. She was a loving aunt and cousin who had a keen interest in her extended family. Jane will be remembered as a kind, generous woman who loved and served God and her neighbor. She is survived by sister-in-law, Avis Martin; nephews, Dennis (Kim) Martin; Patrick (Lynn) Martin, and Brendan Martin, all of Mukwonago; a niece, Kate (Chris) Conrad, Milwaukee; a first cousin, Mary C. Foegen, Winona, Minn.; and other relatives and friends. Besides her parents, Jane was preceded in death by her brother, James J. Martin, in 2003, and two other brothers in infancy. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 27, 2008, at ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, 404 E. Main St., Madison, at 10:30 a.m. with the Rev. Monsignor Kevin Holmes and the Rev. Monsignor Douglas Dushack concelebrating. A visitation will be held at the church on Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Graveside services to follow at Resurrection Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Raphael Cathedral Parish. The family would like to thank the staff at Meriter Health Services and Capitol Lakes Retirement Center for their kindness. Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home and Cremation Services 5701 Odana Road (608) 274-1000

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on August 24, 2008

Note: Jane E. Martin's class year is based on information in the 1947 Tychoberahn, where she is pictured among the graduating seniors

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Obituary: Robert E. Fish - Class of 1934

TUCSON, ARIZ. - Robert E. Fish, age 92, died on Aug. 9, 2008, in Tucson, Ariz. He was born on Oct. 15, 1915, in Madison, Wis., the son of Anna Katherine (Bernard) and P.O. Fish. Bob attended Lincoln School, graduated from Central High School and the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where he was elected president of his sophomore class. He was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Bob served in World War II as a first lieutenant in the Army Transportation Corps. With the war's end he returned to Madison and joined his family business, Fish and Schulkamp Insurance, where he worked until his retirement. In 1956 Bob married Harriet Sisk of Madison; they raised four children. In 2003 Bob and Harriet moved from Madison, their longtime home, to Tucson to be near children. Bob truly treasured the friendship of his many friends. Important in his life were his poker club, his investment club, his hunting groups, his golf foursome, and his Minocqua cabin group. He served on the board of directors of the Madison Club, Maple Bluff Country Club, and the Village of Maple Bluff. Bob was predeceased by his parents; his sisters, Jean Donkle, Lois Buettner, Doris Linton and Ann Sawyer Norman; his brother, John; and a grandson, Timothy Conners. He is survived by his wife, Harriet; his daughters, Sarah Perina (Robert) of York, Pa., Betsy Porter (Walter) and Laura Conners (Terry) of Tucson; a son, Robert Christian West of Madison, and nine grandchildren. Internment will take place in Madison in a family ceremony. Because the last fifteen years of Bob's life were deeply affected by his loss of eyesight, gifts in his memory may be made to the University of Wisconsin-Madison Foundation-Ophthalmology Department, P.O. Box 78807, Milwaukee, WI 53278, for macular degeneration research.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on August 17, 2008

Note: Robert Fish's class year is based on information in the 1934 Orange and Black yearbook, where is is pictured among the February graduates.