Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Obituary: Louise (Piper) Robertson -Class of 1936

WAUNAKEE - Louise Robertson, age 91, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away on Sunday, December 27, 2009, at St. Mary's Hospital. She was born on July 2, 1918, in Madison, the daughter of Alfred and Iva Piper. Louise graduated from Central High School, where she was active in the drama club and on the social committee. She attended college in New York and often enjoyed dining out at the Rainbow Room. Louise married her sweetheart, Glyne "Pat" Robertson, and they enjoyed their retirement years together fishing in Woodruff, during the summer, and then in Florida, during the winter, until Pat's death in 1985. Louise was loved for her quick wit and her devotion to her family. She is survived by her four children, Jerry (Mary) Robertson of Waunakee, Lynne (Steve) Robertson of Waunakee, Alfred (Virginia) Robertson of Little Rock, Ark., and Joseph (Susan) Robertson of Madison; her sister, Alice Hanson of Waukegan, Ill.; as well as many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews. Louise was preceded in death by her parents, Alfred and Iva Piper; her beloved husband, Glyne "Pat" Robertson; and her brother, David Piper. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2009, at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CHURCH, 401 S. Owen Drive, Madison. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, December 30, 2009, at WINN-CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 5785 Highway Q, Waunakee. We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the nurses and staff at St. Mary's Hospital for their compassionate care. Winn-Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 5785 Highway Q, Waunakee (608) 849-4513

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 29, 2009


Note: Louise (Piper) Robertson is listed as graduating in 1936; Wisconsin State Journal 6/7/1936, p. 10 (information submitted by Michael Vahldieck, Class of 1968).

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Obituary: Sharon A. (Forbes) Parkinson

MADISON - Sharon A. Parkinson, age 69, passed away at the HospiceCare center in Fitchburg on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2009, after a short, but courageous battle against gallbladder cancer. She was born on Dec. 14, 1940, in Madison, the daughter of Edward and Catherine (Hewitt) Forbes. Sharon grew up in Madison and graduated from Central High School. After many years working for AT and T, she retired in 1995 to care for her first grandchild. Her grandchildren were the light of her life and she loved spending much time with them. She cooked for them, read to them, and even went to the park to shoot a few hoops with them. Sharon's family and friends were the center of her life and she was happiest when she was with them. Sharon was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers and loved reading, especially Stephen King novels. She is survived by a son, Mike (Janis) Parkinson of Verona; a daughter, Lynn (Tim) Maglio of Madison; four grandchildren, Samantha and Ashley Maglio, and Nicole and Corey Parkinson; two brothers, Ed (Pat) Forbes of Madison, and John Forbes of Madison; and brother-in-law, Jerry Parkinson of Madison. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends; and special family friend, Sally Johnson of Madison. She was preceded in death by her son, Curt in 1992; former husband, Darrell "Obie" Parkinson in 2004; along with her parents and grandparents. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2009, at BLESSED SACRAMENT CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2131 Rowley Ave., Madison, at 10:30 a.m., with Father Ron Kreul officiating. Burial will follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Madison. A visitation will be held at JOYCE-RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 5701 Odana Road, Madison on Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m., and again at the church on Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. We would like to extend a special thank you to the HospiceCare staff for taking such good care of our Mom. "We will miss you Mom. You were our best friend and always there for us when we needed help. We will miss your home cooked meals and good advice. There is a huge hole in our hearts that will never be replaced. You would never say good-bye, instead it was 'toodles.' So toodles for now, until we see you again. We love you Mom." Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home and Cremation Services 5701 Odana Road (608) 274-1000

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 27, 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Obituary: Marjorie R. (Mueller) Gilbertson

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN - Marjorie R. Gilbertson, age 86, of Prairie du Chien, died suddenly Sunday December 13, 2009, at Memorial Hospital in Prairie du Chien. Marjorie was born April 9, 1923, in Madison, to Arthur and Lillian (Walsh) Mueller. She graduated from Central High School in Madison. She married Thomas Gilbertson on June 23, 1944, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison. She worked as a secretary for Ellis-Arneson Insurance in Madison, and later in the claims department for American Family Insurance also in Madison. They moved to Prairie du Chien in 1988. Marjorie was active in Bible study, choir and taught Sunday school. She loved to work with her flowers and enjoyed eating out. She is survived by her husband, Thomas; a daughter, Patty (Rick) Hamann of Prairie du Chien; a son, Jim Gilbertson of Cottage Grove; a brother, William (Sylvia) Mueller of Madison; a nephew and two nieces. She was preceded in death by her parents and stepmother, Coletta. Services will be 11 a.m. on Thursday December 17, 2009, at ST. PETER EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH in Prairie du Chien, with a burial at a later date in Resurrection Catholic Cemetery in Madison. Friends may call on Wednesday from 5 p.m . to 8 p.m. at THORNBURG-HANSON FUNERAL HOME in Prairie du Chien, and one hour prior to services at the church.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 15, 2009

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Obituary: Cornelius "Connie" Eugene Cooke ("The Winnebago Man") - Class of 1950

MADISON - Connie Cooke died on Wednesday morning, December 9, 2009, at St. Mary's Care Center. Connie was a quiet person, known to many, as the man who parked his 1969 Winnebago Camper on Wingra Drive, near Vilas Park Zoo, in recent years. He spent the summer months in Madison and winters in Florida. His camper, arriving in April, was a sure sign of spring. Connie was born on October 30, 1931, and graduated from Madison Central High School, in 1950. He served in the U.S. Army, worked as a carpenter, and had been retired for many years. There will be a memorial service in the CHAPEL AT ST. MARY'S HOSPITAL on Wednesday, December 16, 2009, at 3 p.m. Gunderson West Funeral and Cremation Centers 7435 University Ave. (608) 831-6761

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 13, 2009

Obituary: William "Bill" Mischke - Class of 1950

FITCHBURG - William "Bill" Mischke, age 78, of Fitchburg, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at home. He was born on Jan. 14, 1931, in East St. Louis, Ill., the son of William and Gladys (Rutledge) Mischke. Bill moved to Madison in 1945. He graduated from Madison Central High School, where he was involved in many sports. Bill served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 until 1955. He married Sandra Crosier on May 31, 1975, in Madison. Bill was a painter/ wallpaperer by trade in the Madison area for many years. He enjoyed working at Bill's Food in Oregon, in his retirement. Bill was a member of All Saints Lutheran Church. He volunteered delivering food to St. Mark's food pantry for several years. Bill was an avid Badgers fan and was a season ticket holder to football and basketball games, traveling to many away games. He also enjoyed bowling and vacationing in Florida. Bill is survived by his wife, Sandra of Fitchburg; niece, Diane (Larry) Jones; nephew, Ken (Vickie) Strand; great-nieces and great-nephew, Jocelyn and Joelle Strand, and Tony Jones; stepdaughters, Sheryl (Deb) McFerren and Julie (Dennis) Ahnen; grandchildren, Jennifer, Heather, Megan and Cailin Ahnen; and four children, Steve, Stan, Judy and Billy. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Claire "Elaine" (Bill) Strand. Funeral services will be held at ALL SAINTS LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2951 Chapel Valley Road, Fitchburg, at 1 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 14, 2009, with the Rev. Richard Johnson presiding. Visitation will be at the church from noon until the time of the service on Monday. Burial will be at Sunset Memory Gardens. Memorials may be made to All Saints Lutheran Church or HospiceCare Inc. Gunderson Fitchburg Funeral and Cremation Care 2950 Chapel Valley Road (608) 442-5002

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 13, 2009

Note: William Mischke's class year is based on information in the 1950 Tychoberahn, where he is pictured among the graduating seniors.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Obituary: Alice B. (Michalson) Speth - Class of 1947

MADISON- Alice B. Speth passed away peacefully on Monday, Nov. 16, 2009, in her sleep. She was born in Madison in 1929. Alice graduated from Madison Central High School in 1947. She was very proud of living here most of her life. Alice was active in the Madison Senior Center, RSVP, and in helping the mentally ill. She is survived by her daughter, Julie (Amine) Biwer Bekhechi of North Field, Minn.; grandchildren, Donna Tem-Lopez, Diana Brown, David Berg, and Malika and Samir Bekhechi; stepsons, Darrel (Faith) Yngsdahl, Jim Perry and Ron (Kathy) Biwer; stepdaughter, Marcia (Harold) Hunter; stepgranddaughter, Courtney Marty Sharp; stepgrandson, Andrew Chase (Robin) Yngsdahl; seven stepgrandchildren; daughter-in-law, Dorothy "Sam" Yngsdahl; two stepdaughters-in-law, Carol Yngsdahl and Ruth Speth; a very special great-granddaughter, Samantha Lopez; eight great-grandchildren; brother, George (Ann) Michalson of Fairfields Glads, Tenn.; niece, Pam (Curt) Vonder Reith; nephew, Rick (Cathy) Michalson; cousins, Barbara Haack and Nancy (Ron) Nimocks; and two special friends of more than 60 years, Doris Weinstein and Tom Brady of California. Alice was preceded in death by her husbands, Donald B. Yngsdahl, William J. Speth and James E. Biwer; mother, Juanita Michalson Steele; father, Edmund Michalson; sons, David B. Yngsdahl and Dale G. Yngsdahl; stepson, Donald A. Yngsdahl; sister, Marguerite Mauermann; and grandparents, Torger and Betsy Michalson, and George and Alice Falkner. A Memorial Service will be held at CAPITOL LAKES, 333 W. Main St., Madison, at noon on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2009. A special thanks to Ric at Gunderson Funeral Home on Monona Drive.Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on November 18, 2009

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Obituary: John Charles Rieder

MADISON - John Charles Rieder, age 96, of Madison, passed away on Friday, Oct. 30, 2009. He was born on Dec. 27, 1912, in Madison, the son of John P. "Shorty" and Etta Rieder. John graduated from Madison Central High School. He served as chief engineer and top turret gunner on a B17 bomber, during World War II. John was a member of the VFW, American Legion, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles. He was involved in Madison area sports for many years and was an avid sports fan. John also enjoyed gardening and fishing. John is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ethel, of Verona; daughters, Kathleen (Ronald) Norder, of Verona, and Jan (Roger) Coltrin, of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Michael (Rachel) Norder, of Port Washington, Michelle (Thomas) Pietrzak, of Sherwood, and Paige (Ronald) Crosby, of Dallas, Texas; great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jessie, Sydney and Charles Norder, of Port Washington, Connor and Carley Pietrzak, of Sherwood, and Kristin, Eric, Kara and David Crosby, of Dallas, Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harold Rieder; and stepmother, Maude Rieder. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2009. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m., until the time of the service on Tuesday. A special thank you to Sheri, Kathleen, Toni, Jim and Merlyn for their care and friendship. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive 608-221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on November 1, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Obituary: Alan N. Sherman

MADISON - Allan N. Sherman, age 78, passed away peacefully on October 23, 2009, at home. He was born on March 18, 1931, in Bloomer, the son of Torvald and Sigrid (Helgesen) Sherman. He was united in marriage to Jeanette (Jan) Boehnen, on January 20, 1951. He was a graduate of Madison Central High School, and was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church. Al was a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard Firefighter Squadron, from 1951 to 1953. Upon his discharge, he continued his service with the Guard, as a full time carpenter, developing the woodworking skills that would become his life's work. He joined the Madison Fire Department, as a firefighter, in 1955, and served with the department until 1964. He then became a real estate agent in the Madison area, for the next 15 years of his life; working for a number of local companies as well as his own company, Sherman Realty. In 1980, he went back to his true love, carpentry; going to work for Findorff Construction Co., where he worked until his retirement in 1997. Al took great joy in his woodworking skills. He was an accomplished cabinet maker and furniture artisan, creating beautiful works of furniture for both himself and his family. He prided himself on home projects, both for himself as well as others. A truly giving man, Al would offer his services to anyone who asked. He never asked for anything in return, a simple "thank you' was payment enough. Al was also an accomplished cook. He took passion in cooking delicious dinners for friends and family. His homemade soups were second to none, and his culinary skills will be greatly missed. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jan; sons, Jeffrey, James and John (Torvie), all of Madison; as well as his beloved dachshund, Abby. He is further survived by his brother, Clayton Sherman; sister, Lola (Palmer) Paulson; granddaughter, Danielle; as well as two great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Joni; brothers, Wallace and Alf; and sisters, Anne and Marion. Per his requests, there will be no funeral service. A celebration of Al's life will be held in the near future. "Good-bye, Papa." Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on October 26, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mary (Vaughn) Montgomery - Class of 1942

MADISON - Mary Montgomery, age 85, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009, after a 17-year battle against cancer. She was born Sept. 8, 1924, in Madison, to Adeline Hilgers Vaughn and John W. Vaughn. She attended Holy Redeemer Grade School and Central High School, graduating in 1942. Mary worked for the Bell Telephone Company as an operator, instructor and supervisor from 1942 to 1948. Mary married Baines T. Montgomery on April 9, 1948, in Louisville, Ky. They moved back to Madison in 1950. After their children were grown, she worked at Woolworth's part-time from 1976 until they closed the East Madison Shopping Center location. Mary was a lifetime member of VFW Ladies Auxiliary 8483, where she fried fish for Friday night fish fries and made omelets for Sunday breakfast for many years. She was also a member of the American Legion Post Ladies Auxiliary 481. Mary also volunteered at St. Mary's Hospital and baked chocolate chip cookies at Luke House. Her grandchildren were often recipients of her cookies, apple and pumpkin pies whenever requested. She enjoyed bowling for years with the Tuesday Morning Sunshine League and Friday Morning Senior League, as well as an avid bingo player. She is survived by her children, David (Lynn), Robert (Carolyn) of Madison, John (Mary Giemza) of Milton, and Frances (Scott) Petersen of Marshall; and six grandchildren, Geoffrey, James Montgomery, Matthew (Crystal) and Christopher Petersen, and Michael and Elizabeth Montgomery. She is also survived by her brother, John Paul (Donna) Vaughn; sisters-in-law, Maria (Gene) Bottoms and Louise Poe; special and dearly loved cousins, Kathleen Hilgers, Frank (Ruth) Haberland and Martin Haberland; many other nieces and nephews; and her dearest friend of a lifetime, Joan Severa. Mary was preceded in death by Baines, her loving husband of 61 years. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2009. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., with a 6 p.m. pass and review by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary 8483 on Friday, Oct. 23, 2009. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to the Ellen and Peter Johnson HospiceCare Center. The family wishes to thank Dr. Prendergast, the staff at St. Mary's Hospital, and the Ellen and Peter Johnson HospiceCare Center. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on October 22, 2009

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Obituary: James Earl "Pa Mobes" Mobry, Jr. - Class of 1952

COLUMBUS - James Earl "Pa Mobes" Mobry Jr., age 75, passed away on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2009, at his home surrounded by his loved ones. He was born on Jan. 28, 1934, in Madison to James Earl and Lucille (Smith) Mobry Sr. He was a 1952 graduate of Madison Central High School, then served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was married to Ellen Mershon on Feb. 25, 1961, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Jim worked at several Madison businesses. First, at Borden's Dairy and then at Arthur Murray's Dance Studio, both in Madison and Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He owned and operated a service station on W. Washington Avenue and then worked at the Weidenbeck and Doblin store. He was a die caster at Madison Kipp Corp and founder of ABC Shirt Lettering in Madison. Jim was a photographer for United Church Directories, and most recently was the "Good Will Ambassador" at Robbins Manufacturing in Fall River. He loved league bowling, softball, euchre and coaching. He was an avid Packers, Badgers and Columbus sports fan, and a devout Cubs fan. Jim enjoyed attending and supporting his children's and grandchildren's sports activities. Survivors include his wife, Ellen of Columbus; four daughters, Julie Ellen (Tim Geiger) Mobry, Joan Ellen (Juan Alberto) Loza Mobry and Jenny Ellen (Darrell) Augustine all of Columbus, and Jill Ellen (Mike Ring) Mobry of Cottage Grove; two sons, James Earl (Juli) Mobry III of Fall River, and Robert Anthony Lee Mobry of Columbus; 16 grandchildren, Bob, Jeffery, Suzi, Jessica, Amanda, Steven, Riley, Ryan, Courtney, Cullie, Ellie, Holly, Anton, James IV, Jefferson and Jordan; two great-grandchildren, Kallie and Carson; a sister, Shirley (Marvin) North of Fairchild; a brother, Don Mobry of Madison; many cousins, nieces, nephews and other relatives; and an infinite number of friends and co-workers. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Robert and Stephen. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2009. A Celebration of Life and gathering will be from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 18, 2009, at the COLUMBUS COUNTRY CLUB in Columbus with military rites at 2 p.m. "More than anything, Jim was thankful to everyone for being his friend." Jensen Funeral and Cremation Columbus (920) 623-5850

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on October 15, 2009

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Obituary: Mary Ada Hibma Erickson - Class of 1929

MADISON - Mary Ada Hibma Erickson passed away peacefully Oct. 8, 2009, at the age of 97. Mary was born at home in Madison on June 23, 1912, to parents Otto Hibma and Ida van der Meij Hibma, both of whom were Dutch immigrants. She was raised and educated in Madison, attending Randall Elementary School, Central High School, and then graduating from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1933 with a bachelor of science degree in dietetics. Mary was a member of the Phi Omega Pi sorority at the U. of W., and a longtime member of Eastern Star. She married Robert William Erickson Sr. in 1933 and they lived in Madison during their early years of marriage. They moved to Waupun in the early 1940s, and then back to Madison in 1954. She was employed by the University Testing Bureau during the '60s and '70s; upon retirement she and "Bob" bought a farm in the Barneveld area and enjoyed many years on "The Farm." She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Robert W. Erickson Sr.; her parents, Otto and Ida Hibma; her siblings, Perry Hibma (Emma), Theressa Roberts (Chester) and Dr. Otto V. Hibma (Barbara); her son, Robert W. Erickson Jr.; an infant daughter, Barbara Jane; her grandson, Daniel Dean Perry; and niece, Nancy Hibma Kreklow. She is survived by her daughters, Connie Perry (Steve) of Penfield, N.Y., and Mary Pulley (John) of San Mateo, Calif.; her sons, Erik Erickson (Janice) of McFarland, and Jon Erickson (Betty) of Eau Claire; her grandchildren, Tami Olsen (Todd), Jennie Perry-Raymond (Jon), Erik Perry (Kris), Brek Perry (Tara), Stephanie Monday (Greg), Robert Erickson III (Emily), Tom Erickson (Jami), Kristen Tornow (Jeff), Erik Erickson (Heather), Shawna Droese (Mike), Erik Pulley (Dana), Austin Erickson (Jenna) and Brittania Cubas (Jorge); her great-grandchildren, Ashley, Mackenzie and Erik Olsen, Brek and Danielle Perry, Kate, Maddie, Calvin, Ella, Will and Mia Perry, Liam Perry, Alex, Peri and Nicholas Monday, Nolan and Hayden Erickson, Sam and Molly Erickson, Ben, Matthew, Nick and Sam Tornow, Ayden Erickson, Sophie, Tristan and Caden Droese, Taylor and Trevor Pulley, and Eve and Sevrin Erickson; and step-great-grandchildren, Ben and Chandler Hoeft. Mary was a dedicated, loving, kind and caring Mother, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother who always put family first. She had a wonderful sense of humor and quick wit that will certainly be missed. Her positive attitude and wise counsel provided strength and guidance to all. One of her favorite sayings was, "Whatever you do, do with your might, because things done by halves are never done right!" Her home always had an open door with food on the table for all visitors and a warm, welcoming greeting. She had many interests: music, books, sewing, traveling, ice skating, and entertaining friends and family. Her travels included several trips to Holland to visit the areas where her beloved parents grew up. She was so proud of her Dutch heritage. Treasured memories for Mary include her very loving parents and happy childhood, and the many summers spent at the cottage which her father built on Middleton Beach on Lake Mendota in Madison. In her retirement years she and Bob, after buying the farm, raised a variety of animals and always had room for the many grandchildren and great-grandchildren who loved to be with Grandma and Grandpa, and who now have a treasure trove of so many wonderful memories of times at "The Farm." Visitation for Mary will be at the CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 6021 University Ave., Madison, WI 53705 on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2009, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., followed immediately by services conducted by the Rev. Dr. Robert D. Sichta, Pastor, Barneveld United Church of Christ. Interment will follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Shriner's Childrens Hospital, 2025 East River Parkway, Minneapolis, MN 55414 in Mary's name, or to a charity of your choice. Special thanks to the staff at Capitol Lakes Terraces and the Capitol Lakes 3rd floor Health Center for their kind support and loving care of Mary in her final year.Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 6021 University Ave. (608) 238-840

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on October 14, 2009

Note: Mary Ada Hibma Erickson's class year is based on information in the 1929 Tychoberahn, where she is pictured among the members of the June graduating class.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Obituary: Lavern Hans "Andy" Anderson - Class of 1952

MADISON - Lavern Hans "Andy" Anderson, age 75, passed away unexpectedly, but peacefully surrounded by his family, on Sunday, October 11, 2009, at St. Mary's. He was born on February 3, 1934, in Madison, the son of Hans and Gertrude (Sorge) Anderson. Lavern attended schools in Madison, graduating from Central High in 1952. He married Kay Thomas on December 2, 1958, and to this union two daughters were born, Pamela Sue and Kathy Elizabeth. Lavern worked for the State of Wisconsin for a number of years, before moving to Denver, Colo., and living there for 11 years. Upon returning to Wisconsin he went to work for Marshall Erdman and Associates, where he retired after 30 years. Lavern and Kay loved to travel, especially in their travel trailer and followed Wisconsin sports and Packers football. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, playing cards, and camping. Lavern was a member of Lake Edge United Church of Christ, where he served on several committees, and worked with the youth, traveling with them on five work camps. "Papa" also enjoyed attending his grandchildren's school functions and sporting events. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Kay; his daughters, Pam (Andy) Lewis of Middleton, and Kathy (Dan) McCartney of Waunakee; and his four grandchildren, who were the light of his life, Briana Lewis, Shawn Lewis, Kyle McCartney and Patrick McCartney; his 95 year old mother, Gertrude Harris of Madison; his sister, Doris (Ken) Urkoski of Columbus, Nebraska; brother, Eugene "Pete" (Joyce) Anderson of Madison; godmother/ aunt Jo Balser of Madison; a special cousin, Charlie Parks; as well as many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday,October 14, 2009, at MEMORIAL UNITED CHRIST OF CHURCH, 5705 W. Lacy Road, Fitchburg at 11 a.m. with the Reverend Lisa Schoenwetter presiding. Visitation will be held on Tuesday, October 13, 2009, at GUNDERSON FITCHBURG FUNERAL HOME, 2950 Chapel Valley Road, Fitchburg, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and from 10 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Memorials may be made to St. Stephen's Food Pantry. He will be truly missed by all who knew him and loved him. Gunderson Fitchburg Funeral and Cremation Centers 2950 Chapel Valley Road

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on October 13, 2009

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Obituary: Mae Marie (Musillami) Sweeney - Class of 1968

MADISON - Mae Marie (Musillami) Sweeney passed away on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009, after a courageous battle with cancer. She was born on Nov. 3, 1950, to Frank and Jean (Delaney) Musillami. She married Thomas Sweeney on April 16, 1977. Mae was a lifelong Madison resident. Her most treasured job was being mother to her three beautiful daughters, and being grandma to her precious granddaughter. Mae was a member of the Italian-American Women's Club of Madison, where she served a number of years as a board member. Mae touched the hearts of many people. We will always remember her for her ability to make people laugh, her kindness and generous heart, and the strength, grace and determination she showed in fighting her terminal illness. She is survived by her husband of 32 years, Tom Sweeney and their daughters Shannon, Colleen and Angela Sweeney, and their granddaughter Ashlyn Marie. She is further survived by her mother, Jean Musillami; her brothers, John, Frank Jr. (Marsha), Joseph (Joni Schwenn) and Patrick (Candy McVay); her sister, Debby (Rick) Hillebrand; her sister-in-law, Mary Sweeney; and brother-in-law, John (Sandy) Sweeney. She is also survived by numerous nieces, nephews and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her father, Frank Musillami Sr.; and her mother and father-in-law, John and Josephine Sweeney. A Memorial Service will be held Friday, Oct. 2, 2009, at 11 a.m. at ST. JOSEPH CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1905 W. Beltline Highway, Madison, WI 53713. A visitation will be held prior to the service beginning at 10 a.m. Our family wishes to express our sincere gratitude to the staff at the UW Hospital Palliative Care Unit and the staff at HospiceCare for their kindness and care.Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 6021 University Ave. (608) 238-8406

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 30, 2009; submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968)

Note: Mae graduated from West, but attended Central through 1967. She is pictured as a junior in the 1967 Tychoberahn

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Obituary: Anthony L. "Tony" Russos

DEERFIELD - Anthony L. "Tony" Russos, age 87, died on Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at the Stoughton Hospital. He was born in Milwaukee on June 20, 1922, the son of Louis and Fannie (Anagnostopoulos) Russos. He graduated from Madison Central High School. Tony and his father, Louis, owned and operated the Cat N Fiddle Tavern in the Town of Blooming Grove. He served in the Marine Corps from 1942 to 1946. Tony married Helen Pappas of Ripon on Aug. 26, 1951. He would always tell everyone that he had married Helen because she knew the good fishing spots on Green Lake. And, yes, she really did. In 1954, he joined the Dane County Sheriff's Department where he started out in the "old" jail. When the department moved into the City-County Building, he worked in Administration, Civil Process, and was in charge of Boat Patrol and the Dane County Range. He retired at the rank of lieutenant. After the death of his father, the Cat N Fiddle was sold and they built a home on Lake Monona in 1961. In January 1981, Tony and Helen retired from the Sheriff's Department and moved to the Town of Presque Isle, north of Boulder Junction. There they enjoyed fishing and hunting, snowmobiling, boating and Tony's hobby, woodworking. In November 1995 they returned to the Madison area and settled in the Town of Sun Prairie near Cottage Grove and again built a new home. In 2003, they sold their home and moved into a condominium in Deerfield where Helen continued to be Tony's caregiver. In 2008, Tony went to live at Skaalen Nursing Home in Stoughton. Tony was a lifetime member and past president of the Wisconsin Law Enforcement Officers Association, Sheriff's and Deputy Sheriff's Association, life member of VFW Post 7591, past chairman of the board of Dane County Credit Union and district governor of GAPA (Greek-American Progressive Association). He attended the Smith-Wesson Gun School in Springfield, Mass., was a member of the Blooming Grove Volunteer Fire Department, past member and president of Presque Isle Sno Bunnies, past commander of the Madison Power Squadron, past president of the Fish and Wildlife Club of St. Germain, past president of Natural Lakes Owners Advancement Assoc., past president of Madison Sno-Drifters, and past member of the Wisconsin Governor's Snowmobile Council. Tony is survived by his wife, Helen; daughter, Niki (Joe Harris); and son, Ted. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his St. Bernards, Heidi, Puddles and Rascal. At Tony's request he will be cremated and there will be no funeral services. There will be a private burial at Roselawn Memorial Park at a later date. Memorials will be made to the Dane County Humane Society, 5132 Voges Road, Madison, WI 53718, in memory of Tony. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 20, 2009

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Obituary - J. Martin "Murphy" Wolman - Class of 1937


BOULDER, COLO./ MADISON - J. Martin "Murphy" Wolman died Saturday in Boulder, Colo. on the 66th anniversary of his wedding to Anne Paley Wolman. Anne died in 2004, and Murphy moved to Colorado a year later to be with his four children. Murphy spent his entire professional career as a newspaperman at the Wisconsin State Journal, beginning in 1932 as a newsboy and retiring as publisher in 1985 at age 65. Office lore has it that Murphy was originally paid out of petty cash, and that no one has ever owned up to actually hiring him. When he returned from military service, he joined the business staff, later becoming general manager, and then publisher. He become involved with the Journal's Empty Stocking even before he was put on the payroll, and remained dedicated to it throughout his years in Madison. Earlier this summer, he told his daughter he had been dreaming of the Empty Stocking Club, but not of work. After the death of their eldest daughter, Jane in 1967, Anne and Murphy founded Youth Services Incorporated, which now runs the Empty Stocking Club. In recent years, Murphy made a donation to Youth Services, which was used to create a special fund to benefit poor schoolchildren in Southern Wisconsin. Among his many other community involvements, he was especially fond of Vilas Park Zoo, and Edgewood College. Murphy is survived by his children, Nicky Wolman, Ruth Henderson, and Lewis Wolman, all of Boulder; Jon Wolman of Detroit; and their spouses. He was a grandfather of 10, and great-grandfather of 7. He is also survived by his sister, Esther Kaplan; sisters-in-law, Ida Haaker and Estelle Wolman; brother-in-law, Meril Stein; and numerous nieces and nephews. All will remember him as the "go to" guy in the family for help or advice. Services will begin at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2009 at TEMPLE BETH EL, 2702 Arbor Drive. Donations can be made to: The Jane Wolman Memorial Youth Fund c/o Beth El Temple, 2702 Arbor Dr. Madison, WI 53711 or the "Murph and Anne Wolman Fund for Children" c/o the Madison Community Foundation, 2 Science Court, Madison, WI 53711-1088.Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 15, 2009


Note: The photograph accompanying this obituary is from the 1936 Orange & Black (the name for the Madison Central High School yearbook in the 1930s). It appears on a page listing the staff for the upcoming school year. The relevant excerpts from the text are here:

Mirror Announces 1936-1937 Staff Appointments

Martin "Murphy" Wolman, present business manager and member of the sports staff, will head both editorial and business departments as executive editor of the 1936-37 Mirror. Previous, the editor and business manager have been high positions in the paper. In the new executive The Mirror hopes to build for more coordination between the two staffs. he will also be in charge of make-up, working in connection with the managing editor and committee of copyreaders.

Central Journalists Honored

Martin Wolman, because he spent hours -- tedious as well as interesting and valuable -- in directing, soliciting, and planning copy for advertisements; because he did a good job reporting sports; because he was always willing to help out in any department.

J. Martin "Murphy" Wolman's Class year is based on information from the 1937 Orange & Black yearbook, where his photograph is among those of the graduating seniors. You may view the page with his senior photograph, as well as the rest of the 1937 yearbook, on the Central Alumni Flickr photostream.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Obituary: Donald K. Johnson

MADISON - Donald K. Johnson, age 77 of Madison, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Friday, Aug. 28, 2009 at Meriter Hospital. He was born on July 27, 1932 in Madison, the son of Charles and Lillian Schleger. He married Lorraine Kittilson on March 12, 1960 in Sparta at Trinity Lutheran Church. Donald graduated from Central High School. After graduation, he worked for Benike and Culver Auto Parts and was then drafted into the military to serve in the Korean War. Donald was very proud to have served in the U.S. Army during the war. After the war, Donald continued his work at Benike and Culver, retiring in 1977. Donald coached all of his children, and many neighborhood children, in T-ball and baseball. He was a member of the VFW Post No. 7591 and a member of Messiah Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lorraine; five sons, David (Julie), Daniel (Jackie), Rick, Tom, and Steve; eight grandchildren, Stacy (Tim), Matt (Alice), Joe, Nathan, Casey, Nick, Justin, and Ashlyn; daughter-in-law, Kelly Johnson He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2009. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2009 and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Arthritis Foundation, Wisconsin Chapter, 802 Broadway No. 206, Monona, WI 53713. "He was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather. He will be sadly missed." Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on August 30, 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Obituary: Patricia E. McGlynn - Class of 1968

SUN PRAIRIE - Patricia E. McGlynn, age 59, of Sun Prairie, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2009, at St. Mary's Emergency Center in Sun Prairie. She was born on Feb. 10, 1950, in Colorado Springs, Colo., the daughter of John and Alice (Blanchar) McGlynn. Patricia attended school at Madison Central High School and later graduated from Madison Area Technical College with a clerk typist degree. She then worked for Madison Telco Credit Union. Patricia retired from GTE/ Verizon in May 2008. She taught Sunday school at Bethel Lutheran Church and when she was younger, was a "little angel" in the church choir. Patricia enjoyed get-togethers with her family, especially with her nieces and nephews. She was an avid Badgers hockey and football fan, and would follow the Badgers to their away games. Patricia was known as "Little Badger." She also was a Big Brother and Big Sister. Patricia is survived by her mother, Alice Hanson of Madison; half-brother, Gary Smith of Arizona; sisters, Margaret Turner of Nevada and Karen (Patrick) Lambert of Madison; brothers, Alan (Deedee) Hanson and Kevin Hanson, both of Madison; nephews, John and Jacob Hanson and Michael Lambert; and a niece, Amanda Wagner. She leaves behind many relatives, friends and co-workers. Patricia was preceded in death by her stepfather, Odin Hanson; a niece, Jordan Alice Hanson; and grandparents, Leila and Roy Blanchar. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 4 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, with the Rev. John Swanson presiding. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until the time of the service. Inurnment will be held at Windsor Cemetery at a later date. A special thanks to the Sun Prairie EMTs and the staff at St. Mary's Emergency Center. Also, a special thanks to Linnae Pope, for being there with Patricia during her final moments. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on August 29, 2009

Patricia E. McGlynn's class year is based on information provided by Michael Vahldieck (Class 0f 1968)

Monday, August 24, 2009

Obituary: Fredrick R. Kiefer - Class of 1950

DEFOREST - Fredrick R. Kiefer, age 77, died early Saturday morning, Aug. 22, 2009. He was born Aug. 8, 1932, in Madison, to Clyde and Rayma Kiefer. He graduated in 1950 from Central High School where he participated in football and wrestling. He subsequently served three years in the U.S. Marine Corps. Fred retired in 1986 after 26 years with the Dane County Sheriff's Department, he was promoted to Sgt. in 1969, in 1972 he achieved the rank of Captain. He was always a hard worker and a sharp law enforcement officer who was highly respected by all who knew him. His passions included hunting, fishing, gardening and he was an avid sports fan. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Phyllis Jean Kiefer; his children, Kathy Jo (George) Naxera and Fredrick Clyde (Cheryl) Kiefer; stepson, Carl Richard Kern; grandchildren, Brandilin, Michael, Rachel, Sarah, Fredrick Robert, and Anthony; five great-grandchildren; brother, Miles; and sister, June Buol. He was preceded in death by Shirley Loughlin, whom he married in 1955; and by his parents, Clyde and Rayma. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2009, at NORWAY GROVE MEMORIAL LUTHERAN CURCH, 820 River Road, DeForest, with the Rev. Kathryn Ulrich officiating. Visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday at the church. Memorials may be made to Norway Grove Church or a charity of your choice.Ryan Funeral Home and Cremation Services Windsor/DeForest Chapel 6924 Lake Road (608) 846-4250

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on August 24, 2009.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Obituary: Josephine A. Cerro

MADISON - Josephine A. Cerro, age 86, passed away peacefully on Aug. 9, 2009. Jo was born in Madison on May 7, 1923 the daughter of Callisto (Joseph) and Domenica Cerro. Jo graduated from Central High School. She worked at the UW - Madison Registrar's office for 39 years until her retirement in 1986. She was preceded in death by her parents; two sisters, Nicolina Dobson and Anne Gaitan; and two brothers, Frank and Sam. She is survived by her beloved niece and caregiver, Pat Gaitan; her brother, John (Pauline) Cerro; sister-in-law, Alice Cerro; her two part-time caregivers, niece, Nancy Bills and great-niece, Tina Redders; and many other nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews and great-great-nieces and nephews. The family wishes to thank Alice Waetli, her long time caregiver and companion, for her wonderful care as well as the staff at the Middleton Village Nursing Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009 at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 401 S. Owen Drive, Madison, with Monsignor Dan Ganshert officiating. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of services on Thursday at church. Burial will follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Multicultural Center in Madison, c/o Queen of Peace Catholic Church. Jo was a very special aunt and will be missed greatly. "Be not afraid. I go before you always. Come follow Me, and I will give you rest."
Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on August 11, 2009

Friday, August 07, 2009

Obituary" Delores "Dodo" (McCann) Vigdal - Class of 1954

MADISON - Delores "Dodo" Vigdal passed away on Thursday, Aug. 6, 2009, at St. Mary's Hospital, after a courageous fight with breast cancer. She was born on March 5, 1936, in Madison, the daughter of Leo and Dorathea (Schuler) McCann. Dodo graduated from Madison Central High School in 1954. She worked for Don Miller Auto in Madison, retiring in 2008. Dodo loved watching tennis, but most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family especially her great-nephew, who gave her the greatest joy. She is survived by her daughter, Cheryl Vigdal (Ann Loyd); a sister, Rosemary (Gene) Leonhardt; brothers, Gordon McCann, Pat McCann, Bob (Donna) McCann, Michael (Charlene) McCann, and Terrance (Donna) McCann; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Dodo was preceded in death by her parents; beloved friend, Gary Fitzgerald; a sister, Donna Crawford; and brothers, Sydney, Leo, Ronald and Jack McCann. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, with the Rev. Chris Lee-Thompson presiding. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be at Hope Cottage Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Christian Children's Fund or Susan G. Komen for the Cure. A special thank you to her niece, Tracy Steenis, for the care she gave Delores. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on August 7, 2009

Thursday, August 06, 2009

Obituary: Terry L. MIller

MADISON - Terry L. Miller, age 64, passed away on Friday, July 31, 2009, at his home. Terry was born Oct. 27, 1944, in Madison, the son of John and Viola (Pleus) Miller. He graduated from Madison Central High School and worked at Stainless Tank and Equipment of Madison as a welder for many years. In 1968 he married the former Teresa Sweatmore in Madison. Terry is survived by his son, James (Kristina) Miller of Wisconsin Rapids; two granddaughters, Lauren and Lindsey Miller of Wisconsin Rapids; two sisters, Shirley (Ron) Thompson of Madison, and Nancy Wood of Greenville, Ala.; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; two brothers, John and Timothy; and three sisters, Marie Pierce, Phyllis Bergeman and Jerri Campbell. Funeral services will be held at ALL FAITHS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 4058 Lien Road, Madison, on Saturday, Aug. 8, 2009, at 10 a.m. with burial to follow in Roselawn Memorial Park, Monona. Visitation will be held at the ALL FAITHS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 4058 Lien Road, Madison, on Friday, Aug. 7, 2009, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., and on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established. All Faiths Funeral and Cremation Services Madison (608) 442-0477

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on August 6, 2009

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Obituary: Sam Raimond - Class of 1945

Sam Raimond, age 82, died on Saturday, July 25, 2009, following a courageous battle with heart disease. He was born on Dec. 8, 1926, in Madison, to Tony and Providenza Raimondo. Sam graduated from Madison Central High School in 1945. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked for the North Western Railroad and for the U.S. Postal Service, retiring in 1987. Sam enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, cooking and baking, and was an avid fan of the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Cubs and University of Wisconsin sports teams. He was a member of the Italian Workmen's Club and cherished the time he spent with his buddies from the Greenbush neighborhood where he grew up. Sam was also a member of St. Dennis Catholic Church. He volunteered his time to the church and to the Salvation Army. Sam is survived by his children, David, Tony (Connie), Patty, Mark (Linda), and Sam (Brenda); nine grandchildren, Amy, Missy, John, Mark, Bruce, Corey, Adam, Kayla and Brooke; four great-grandchildren, Kyle, Gabby, Kennedy and Aiden; siblings, Vi (Victor) Martinelli, Teresa (John) Brausen, John (Pat),and Pat (Janice); and sisters-in-law, Shirley (Sig) Gulvik, Audrey (Harvey) Theobald, and Kate Cook. A Mass of Christian burial will be held at, ST. DENNIS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 505 Dempsey Road, Madison, at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, with Father Lance Schneider presiding. A visitation will be held at, GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, from 5 p.m until 8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28, 2009. Burial will be at Verona Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Sam's name to The American Heart Association. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 26, 2009

Friday, July 17, 2009

Obituary: Bernice M. (Nigles) Krouse - Class of 1938

MADISON - Bernice M. Krouse, age 88, of Madison, passed away on Wednesday, July 15, 2009. She was born on Nov. 4, 1920, in Madison, the daughter of Peter and Marie (Larson) Nigles. Bernice was a 1938 graduate of Central High School. She married Carl Krouse of Muscoda on Dec. 8, 1945, in Madison. Bernice enjoyed spending time with family and was always ready for a family get-together. She worked for the Telephone Company, Farm Bureau and later Gimbels. She was a faithful member of St. Bernard Catholic Church for more than 60 years. Bernice was also a member of the American Legion Auxiliary No. 501, Catholic War Veterans Auxiliary and the Veterans Education Committee. She was also a member of the Tony Rocker Fan Club. Bernice is survived by her daughter, Barb (Pat) McEvilly; four grandchildren, Michelle (Rick Olson) McEvilly, Michael (Katherine) McEvilly, Paul McEvilly and Patrick McEvilly; a great-grandson, Lucas, who was dear to her heart; also special to her were Tristan, Kathryn and Heather; several nieces, nephews, cousins and many extended family. Bernice was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl; three sisters, Irene Schuchardt, Gladys Erickson and Eleanor Hilgart; and two nephews. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. BERNARD CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2450 Atwood Ave., Madison, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 18, 2009, with Monsignor Michael Hippee presiding. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday, July 17, 2009, and at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Bernard Catholic Church, HospiceCare Foundation, or the American Legion Auxiliary No. 501. A special thank you to Legacy Gardens and Hospice for all their care and concern. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 17, 2009

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Obituary: William Michael Locke - Class of 1951

MADISON - William Michael "Grandpa Bill" Locke passed away on Monday, July 6, 2009, at University Hospital at the age of 76. Bill was born in Mount Horeb on Nov. 15, 1932, to Helen Sutter Locke and Ernest Locke. They moved to Madison when he was 7 years old where his father died when he was 9. His mother Helen was remarried to Joseph Poloni. She passed away when Bill was a senior in high school. Bill graduated from Central High School with the Class of 1951. He met and married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Sharon Aldrich. They were married on June 7, 1952, at St. Patrick's Church and celebrated 57 wonderful years together. Bill worked for Fauerbach Brewery, Bancroft Dairy for most of his life, Dane County Dairy, and the Dean Clinic. He had many wonderful memories of life as a milkman and made many lifelong friends among his co-workers and customers. Bill and Sharon raised five children and having been an only child, Bill enjoyed the wonderful, noisy, happiness, of a big family. He leaves behind, his loving wife, Sharon; a daughter, Lexy (Mark) Maas of Whiterwater; three sons, Michael (Bonnie) of Poynette, Gary (Nancy) of McFarland, and Tom (Angel) of Dallas, Texas; a daughter, Susan (Dartt) Thompson of Madison passed away in November 1994. He is survived by six grandsons, Ben (Anna), Jordan (Kristen) and Michael (Anna) Maas, Sam Locke, Chad Sloniker and Kristopher Simons; four granddaughters, Taylor and Caitlin Thompson, and Dakota and Kylie Sloniker; and three great-granddaughters, Gabriella Cadwallader, Kimberly Simons and Maggie Sue Maas. Bill was a truly happy man who taught his children to love and respect the outdoors and in particular fishing. He loved his family more than anything else and treasured every moment with them. He taught them to treasure the joys that each new day can bring and leaves behind a legacy of everlasting and total love. Services will be held on Thursday, July 9, 2009, at ST. DENNIS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 413 Dempsey Road, Madison. Visitation will be at 10 a.m. followed by Mass at 11 a.m. A lunch will be served at noon followed by private graveside services for the family. All Faiths Funeral and Cremation Services Madison (608) 442-0477

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 8, 2009

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Obituary: Charles D. "Chuck" Conners

JANESVILLE - Charles D."Chuck" Conners , age 62, of Janesville, passed away on Thursday, June 25, 2009, due to a tragic fall. He was born on July 23, 1946, in Madison, the son of Lester and Ann (Sklencar) Conners. Chuck worked as a painter for many years for his longtime friends Bill and Leila Wells and their children, and Jason and Carla Yancy and their children. He was also a talented handyman. Chuck always left a project unfinished so he had something to come back to. Chuck enjoyed fishing the Yahara river and listening to country music. He also enjoyed taking his dog "Buck" on long walks on the shore of Lake Michigan. Chuck loved to get up every morning and get a cup of coffee and some scratch off lottery tickets. He is survived by his wife, JoAnn Conners; children, Troy (Renee) Sater, April (Eric Schwoegler) Conners, and Charles (Katie Shaw) Conners Jr.; grandchildren, Matthew Huss, Megan (Justin Smith) Sater, Troy James Sater, Courtney Sater, Christopher Fields, Cody Sater, Braxton Conners, and Deven Conners-Shaw; his faithful and trusted friend and companion, his dog Buck; a brother, Bob (Betty) Conners; his two best friends, Steve (Trish) Gile and Jerry Bly; a special nephew, Michael Rohner, who he loved like a son. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. Chuck was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Richard, Thomas, John, Michael, Jimmy and Donnie; and sisters, Margaret, Franny and Pat. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 30, 2009. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, June 29, 2009, and from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Tuesday. A special thank you to all the friends and family for all the special times throughout Chuck's life. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420 www.gundersonfh.com

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 28, 2009

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Obituary: Robert Grilley - Class of 1938

MADISON - Robert Grilley, age 88, died in Madison on Monday, June 15, 2009. He was born in Beloit on November 14, 1920, to Robert Earl Grilley and Ella Louise (Cruger) Grilley, but spent most of his childhood in Lancaster and Madison. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1942 with high senior honors in Art and English. Following his lifelong love of airplanes, he received his pilot's license through the Civilian Pilot Training Program in 1940 and remained a pilot until age 80. After graduation, he enrolled as an aviation cadet and became a B-17 navigator during World War II (8th Air Force), flying 30 missions over Germany. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Presidential Unit Citation and ETO with two Bronze Battle Stars. Upon returning to Madison after World War II, he earned a Master's degree and joined the UW Art Department faculty in 1945, where he taught life drawing and painting for 42 years. He was selected by a prominent group of individuals representing Art in America as one of the country's rising new talents as a painter in 1957. He was chair of the Graduate Art Program from 1960-65, of the Art Department from 1962-65 and conferred Professor Emeritus status upon retirement in 1987. Professor Grilley was an inspiring teacher, respected figure painter, and later in his career chose to focus much of his work on family and friends. He completed several commissioned portraits of prominent Wisconsin leaders and is represented in permanent collections of the Butler Institute of American Art, De Beers Collection, Wichita Art Museum, Nelson Rockefeller Collection, Wustum Museum of Fine Arts, Krannet Art Museum, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art, UW Memorial Union and Wisconsin Historical Society. In 1985, he won Best-in-Show at the Butler Museum of American Art. He had a large retrospective show in the Wichita Museum of Art in 1987, and another at the UW Memorial Union in 2005. In a creative departure from visual arts, he wrote about the juxtaposition of war and art in his memoir, Return From Berlin: The Eye of a Navigator published by the UW Press in 2003 and later internationally by the Pen and Sword Press in England (2005). He is survived by his loving wife, Ei; daughters, Rinelda and Juneko (Andy); sons, Rob and Dorian (Margie); grandson, Davis; granddaughter, Clare; and many other family and friends. Happy Father's Day! Plans for a Memorial Service are pending. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the University of Wisconsin Foundation "Great people.Great place." initiative."

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 21, 2009.

Note: Robert Grilley's class year is based on information in the 1938 Orange & Black yearbook. The photograph accompanying this post is a scan of his senior photo.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Obituary: Caroline Mack

MADISON - Caroline Mack, passed away on Thursday June 11, 2009, at Oak Park Nursing Home. She was always surrounded by loved ones. Caroline was born on Sept. 26, 1908, in Madison, where she lived her entire life. She married John W. Mack on Aug. 2, 1929. After two years of Madison Central High School, Caroline attended Madison Vocational School, learning typing and bookkeeping. She worked in those professions at Quality Service Laundry, and later at UW Heating Plant, from which she retired. Besides being devoted to her family, Caroline enjoyed crocheting and made hundreds of mittens for donation. She also usually wrote poems for her loved ones on their birthdays. Caroline is survived by her children, John (Joyce) Mack of Traverse City, Mich, James (Ruth) Mack of Beaver Dam and Carol Neuhauser of Madison; sister, Marion Trachte of McFarland; 10 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; 12 great-great-grandchildren; and sisters-in-law, LaVonna Brandt of Grafton, Mass., and Lila Mack of Lodi. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, John, in 1988; two brothers; two sisters; son-in-law, Charles Neuhauser; and many other loved in-laws. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 10 a.m. on Monday, June 15, 2009. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m., on Sunday, June 14, 2009, and on Monday from 9 a.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to HospiceCare, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, or to a charity of your choice. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 12, 2009

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Obituary: Annabelle "Ann" (Simpa) Gallagher - Class of 1930

MADISON - Annabelle "Ann" Gallagher, age 97, died on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, at HospiceCare Inc. in Madison, surrounded by her family. She was born on April 4, 1912, in Madison, the daughter of Jacob and Anna Marie (Johnson) Simpa. In 1930, Ann graduated Summa Cum Laude from Central High School in Madison and in 1934, she graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin at Madison with a B.A. in Latin and a teaching certificate. After her graduation, although she was offered a teaching position at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam, she declined it to care for her ailing mother. In 1936, Ann was hired as an analyst by the then-pilot program of the State of Wisconsin, Workers Compensation Commission, which at that time relied upon voluntary contributions from covered employers to fund employee benefits. On March 31, 1940, Ann married John F. Gallagher who, until his death in 1989, owned and operated the John Gallagher Company (established by his grandfather in 1880) with his brother, Jim. Ann left State employment in 1949 to care for her husband and growing family. Ann is survived by her sister, Mrs. Florence Doty of Bettendorf, Iowa; and her three daughters, Katharine Hilmer of Wilmington, Del., Sharon Gallagher of Oshkosh, and Pamela Gallagher of Madison; as well as her six grandchildren and one great-grandchild. Ann was a member of Holy Redeemer Church and Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church. She volunteered at UW Hospitals and the Madison Public Library. Ann was a lifelong learner who participated in the UW-Madison's guest student program for more than 20 years. Ann instilled her love of learning in her daughters and her grandchildren. Her wit, intelligence, generosity and strength will be greatly missed by her family and friends. The family is deeply grateful to the doctors and staff of St. Mary's Hospital and to HospiceCare Inc., for making Ann's last days so much easier. A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH. The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to HospiceCare Inc., 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 7, 2009

Obituary: Lawrence G. "Larry" Kelliher - Class of 1949

MADISON - Lawrence G. "Larry" Kelliher, age 78, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 2, 2009. He was a lifelong resident of Madison. Larry was a 1949 graduate of Central High School, and received his bachelor of arts, and master's degrees on organ performance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1954. While attending UW-Madison, he was a TA for organ majors and an accompanist for many choral groups and eight voice studios. Larry served in the United States Army in Korea from 1953-1954. He was the organist and director of music at Trinity Lutheran Church from 1957-1960 and at Bethel Lutheran Church from 1960-1992. From 1994-1996, Larry was the organist and choir/handbell director at St. Luke's Church in Middleton. Larry served as the organist for the First Unitarian Society, Luther Memorial, Holy Cross, Grace Episcopal, First Congregational, St. John's, and Central Lutheran churches in Madison. Before retiring, he was the choir director/organist at Monona Lutheran Church. He also served as an organist for the Madison Symphony. Larry was a past president of the Breakfast Optimist Club, and was the dean of the Madison Chapter of the American Guild of Organists. Lawrence was preceded in death by his father, Raymond in 1972; and his mother, Margaret in 2005. He is survived by his three brothers, Wayne (Mary), Ray (Patti Wheeler) and David (Rita); and his six children, Sally (Brian Huegel), Thomas (Gina), Mary, Nancy, Susan (Keith Kinion) and Robert (Teri). He is also survived by four grandchildren, Allison (Mary), Grant and Ryan (Robert), and Erin (Thomas). A memorial service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, June 9, 2009, at BETHEL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 312 Wisconsin Ave., with visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the Pet Therapy Program at St. Mary's Hospital. The family would like to thank the staff of St. Mary's Care Center for their loving and compassionate care. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 7, 2009

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Obituary: Clarence Joseph Esser - Class of 1943

ORLANDO, FLA.- Clarence Joseph Esser, age 84, passed away on Monday, June 1, 2009. He was born in Madison, May 13, 1925, to Lawrence and Paulina (Michels) Esser. After graduating from Central High School in Madison in 1943, he attended the University of Wisconsin where he excelled as an outstanding tackle on the football field. He was the most valuable player in 1944 and 1945, and captain in 1946. He played professional football for the 1947 Chicago Cardinals. They won the NFL Championship that year beating the Philadelphia Eagles (28 - 21). Andrea Adelson wrote an article in the Orlando Sentinel, prior to the 2009 Super Bowl, about Clarence and his football history. After football he was a salesman and manager, primarily in the field of insurance. He moved his family from Wisconsin to Jacksonville, Fla., in 1948. He lived in the Orlando area since 1975. He is survived by his daughter, Susan Esser Neet (Fred) of Minneapolis, Minn.; his stepdaughters, Ruth Becker (Ed), Cindi Post (George), Kay Franklin, Ronna Clayton and their mother Anita Esser all of Tampa, Fla.; brothers, Arnold Esser (Sally) of Kenosha, Norbert Esser (Sue) of Greenville, S.C., and Vincent Esser (Lillian) of Danville, Calif.; sister, Laverna Schittone of Oak Creek; sister-in-law, Joyce Anderson of Madison; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; and his brothers, Raymond and Lawrence. The family wishes to thank his favorite neighbors, the Smith Family: Darla, Bob, Derek and Summer, who were always there for him. Roxie and Ernie will miss him too. The family respectfully requests that donations be made to Hospice of the Comforter in his honor, 480 W. Central Parkway, Altamonte Springs, FL 32714, (407) 682-0808.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 4, 2009

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Obituary: Arthur W. Hilgers

BRADENTON, FLA./ MADISON - Arthur W. Hilgers, age 91, of Bradenton, Fla., formerly of Madison, passed away on Monday, May 25, 2009, in Bradenton. He was born on May 25, 1918, in Madison, the son of the late Mathias and Frances (Bauhs) Hilgers. Art graduated from Madison Central High School. He served in the U.S. Army from 1941 until 1945. Art married Ruth Hillestad on Jan. 21, 1947, in Dane. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service for 24 years, retiring in 1980. Art and Ruth retired to Florida. Art was a member of the Zor Shrine, Madison Elks, Doric Lodge No. 356, and Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bradenton, Fla. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Ruth of Bradenton, Fla.; daughter, Barbara (Michael) Nelson of Deerfield; three step grandchildren; three step great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley (Peter) Christie of Martinez, Calif.; and nieces, nephews and cousins. Funeral services will be held at MESSIAH EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5202 Cottage Grove Road, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 2, 2009, with the Rev. Jeff VandenHeuvel and the Rev. Vernon Awes presiding. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Entombment will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Zor Shriners, attention: memorials, 575 Zor Shrine Place, Madison, WI 53719 or a charity of the donor's choice. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 31, 2009

Obituary: Lewis R. Arms

BROOKLYN- Lewis R. Arms, age 82, of Brooklyn, passed away on Thursday, May 28, 2009, surrounded by his family. He was born on March 4, 1927, in Madison, the son of Charles Stepp and Mamie Arms. Lewis was the grandson of Samuel and Mary Ellen Arms (first black settlers in Hillsboro, Wis./Cheyenne Valley). Lewis grew up in the Greenbush neighborhood and attended Madison Central High School. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, from 1945 until 1946. After World War II, Lewis returned to Madison until 1952, when he re-enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving during the Korean War, as a radio telegraph operator. In February 1960, he joined the U.S. Army Reserves and served until 1987, retiring as a Command Sergeant Major. Lewis worked for the Dane County Highway Department for 24 years, retiring in 1990. Lewis was a member of Our Saviors Lutheran Church in Sun Prairie. He was a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7591, American Legion Post in McFarland, and Marine Corps League. Lewis served on the board of directors for Dane County Veterans Administration and was post commander of V.F.W. Post No. 7591 for several years. He also was a proud lifetime member of the HOG Chapter. Lewis enjoyed fishing, motorcycling, playing cards, camping, and being with his family. He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Muriel of Brooklyn; six children, Lewis Arms Jr., Rita (David) Witter, Mamie Arms, Paul Arms (Dawn Brandenberg), Nancy (Sean) Arms-Simon, and John Arms; eight grandchildren, Jenny (Bill) Blair, Jake Witter, Ashley Witter, Dianne Gutierrez, Christopher Gutierrez, Lucas Brennum, Colton Arms, and Jack Simon; three great-grandchildren, Destinee Gutierrez, Dominik Blair, and Rylee Blair; and a sister, Nedra "Pearl" Raines. Lewis was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents; brother, John Hall; and twin sister, Mary Ellen Arms. Funeral services will be held at OUR SAVIOR'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 550 Lincoln Drive, Sun Prairie, at 4 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, 2009, with the Rev. David J. Berggren presiding. Burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery, at 10 a.m. on Friday, June 5, 2009, with military rites. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m., with a pass in review conducted by V.F.W. Post No. 7591, at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3, 2009, and at the church, from 2 p.m. until the time of the service on Thursday. In lieu of flowers, the family wishes memorials be made to Wounded Warriors Project or a charity of the donor's choice.Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 31, 2009

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Obituary: Winifred "Wyn" (Bourke) Everman - Class of 1925

BEAVER DAM - Winifred "Wyn" Everman, age 101, died Saturday, May 23, 2009, at Hillside Manor in Beaver Dam. The former Winifred Margaret Bourke was born on Nov. 29, 1907, in Madison to the late John L. and Gertrude M. (Carey) Bourke. The Bourke family members were pioneers in Madison and were active in city politics in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In 1925, she graduated from Madison Central High School where she had been president of the Girls Athletic Association. Wyn loved sports and was an avid Badgers and Packers fan. In fact, she was at Lambeau field to see Vince Lombardi's first win. While she lived in Madison, she was proud to work for the Neckerman Insurance Agency and she had been a member of St. Raphael's Court No. 118 of the Women's Catholic Order of the Foresters. In 1954, she moved to Beaver Dam where she was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and had been active in the Christian Women. Wyn was also proud to have served as the first lady of the Wisconsin Elks Association. Survivors include her son, Don (Patricia) Everman of Beaver Dam; her daughter-in-law, Angeline Everman of Plover; three grandchildren, Jack (Alexandra) Everman, Rob (Kareen) Everman, and Christine (Bruce) Hollar; seven great-grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. Wyn was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a son, John Everman; two sisters, Alice Lorenz and Betty Doyle; and a brother, Tom Bourke. Visitation for Wyn will be at ST. KATHARINE DREXEL CHURCH, 127 W. Maple Ave. in Beaver Dam on Friday, May 29, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at church on Friday, beginning at 11 a.m. Father Charles Scheuerell will officiate. Burial will be in St. Patrick's Cemetery in Beaver Dam. The family suggests that memorials be made in Winifred M. Everman's name to the St. Katharine Drexel Conference of the St. Vincent DePaul Society, 131 W. Maple Ave., Beaver Dam, WI 53916. The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the following people: the staff on the second floor of Hillside Manor's Hillcrest Home Wing where Wyn was a resident for over two years, the nurses at Hillside Hospice, Dr. Jeremy Jaskunas, and to Sr. Priscilla Weber, FSM, the parish nurse at St. James Catholic Parish in Madison who often visited Wyn at her home. Murray Funeral Home Beaver Dam (920) 885-6600

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 26, 2009

Friday, May 15, 2009

Obituary: Judith A. (Stone) Selsor - Class of 1958

MADISON - Judith A. (Stone) Selsor, age 69, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at her home, after a battle with cancer. Several family members were at her bedside. Judy was born in Wisconsin Rapids, on April 11, 1940, the daughter of Ferne (Gibbs) and Richard Stone. She graduated from Madison Central High School in 1958. Judy married Robert Payne on Aug. 2, 1958, at Trinity Lutheran Church. They had a son, Andrew. He preceded her in death in 1967. Judy later married William Selsor on Dec. 26, 1962, in Tulsa, Okla. They had three children, Jerrel, Brian and Stacey, while living in Oklahoma. Judy and her children later moved to Madison. She worked for 33 years at various federal agencies. The last 25 years, Judy worked at William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital, as a personnel assistant in the human relations department. She thoroughly enjoyed providing training and counseling to V.A. employees. Judy retired early from the V.A. Hospital in 1994, to provide daytime care for her first grandson, Scott, who was born the first day she didn't have to report to work. She also cared for her second grandson, Sam, who was born in 2003. Judy enjoyed caring for both of them. She was a member of Crosspoint of the Nazarene Church. Judy is survived by two sons, Jerrel Selsor and Brian Selsor (Ellen Carr and her son, Dylan); a daughter, Stacey (Steve) Schultz; grandsons, Scott Horstmeyer and Sam Schultz; her mother, Ferne DeWeese; and a sister, Nancy Stone. She was preceded in death by her father, Richard Stone; and son, Andrew. Funeral services will be held at CROSSPOINT OF THE NAZARENE CHURCH, 5011 Commercial Ave., Madison, at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 16, 2009, with the Rev. Sam Starnes presiding. Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crosspoint of the Nazarene Church. A special thank you to Hospice. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 15, 2009

Monday, May 11, 2009

Obituary: William "Bill" K, Hilgers - Class of 1961

MADISON - William "Bill" K. Hilgers, age 65, died peacefully on Saturday, May 9, 2009, at the HospiceCare in-patient facility. Bill was born and raised in Madison, loving the beauty and the bounty of the lakes which he knew so well. He also enjoyed golf and scuba diving and any excuse to be in the great outdoors. His charming, congenial and gregarious personality will be missed by all who knew him. Bill is survived by his sons, Jeffrey and Johathan (Marlo); grandchildren, Kristie, Spencer and Westley; his brothers, James (LaVonne), Richard (Susan) and David (Shirley); many nieces and nephews; and his former wife and forever special friend, Joyce. He was preceded in death by his parents, Theodore and Thelma (Norby) Hilgers; as well as his brother, Jerome and wife, Dorothy. A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison. A gathering of friends and family will be held following the service, from 4:30 p.m. until 6 p.m. Memorials are suggested to the HospiceCare Foundation, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711.Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 11, 2009

Note: William Hilger's class year is based on information in the 1961 Tychoberahn, where he is pictured among the graduating seniors.

Monday, May 04, 2009

Obituary: Patsy "Pat" Lee (Hammersley) Matteson - Class of 1964

MADISON- Patsy "Pat" Lee Matteson, age 62, passed away at the HospiceCare Center on Sunday, May 3, 2009, following a long battle with cancer. She was born on Aug. 17, 1946 in Madison, the daughter of the late Lee N. Hammersley and Gladys E. (Carlson) Hammersley. Patsy graduated from Madison Central High School in 1964. She married Leon P. Matteson on April 26, 1975. Patsy retired from Wisconsin Power and Light/Alliant Energy in March of 2006, after 36 years. Upon retirement, Patsy cared for children as a nanny, as children were her love. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, doing puzzles, and babysitting. Patsy is survived by her sisters, Kay (Dean) Hohlstein and Judy Barreau (Don Bukstein), both of Madison; brother, Phil (Mary) Cundy of Oshkosh; step-children, Mark (Joni), Charles (Nora) and David (Yoshie) Matteson; step-grandson, Tyler (Arkeyshia) Matteson and their two sons, Miguel and Marco; nieces and nephews, Gail Hohlstein, Jim (Kristi) Hohlstein, Ben Hohlstein, Deanna (Chris) Campbell and Sheri (Corey) Williams; a special great-nephew, Jakob Williams; several great-nieces and great-nephews; an aunt, Mary (Don) Anderson; many friends, cousins and other relatives. She was preceded in death by her husband, Leon Matteson; parents, Lee and Gladys Hammersley; grandparents, Charley and Lillian Carlson; her puppies, Tippy and Lilly; aunts, Kora Frogner, Leonore Buri; and uncle, Charles Carlson. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 11 a.m., on Tuesday, May 5, 2009. A gathering of friends and family will be held on Monday, May 4, 2009, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home and also on Tuesday, May 5, 2009, from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Patsy's family wish to thank the staff at HospiceCare and Oak Park Nursing Home for their compassionate care, and all the other many people who came to visit Patsy while she was ill. Many tears are shed, because we have loved one who was special. Now, memories must sustain us. Let them guide you and keep you today and always. For as we remember, we see love's reflection in our tears.Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608)221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 4, 2008

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Obituary: Karen L. (Larson) Johnson - Class of 1961

GAINESVILLE, FLA.- Karen L. Johnson, age 66, died Saturday, April 11, 2009, at Shands Hospital. She was born in Madison on Dec. 25, 1942. She moved to Florida in 1982 and has been working as a patient representative at Shands Hospital in Gainesville since 1990. Karen is survived by her daughter, Kelly Johnson of Naperville, Ill.; her son, Eric Johnson of Argyle; three grandchildren, Hagen, Nora and Sydney of Naperville, Ill.; and her two brothers, John Larson and Charles Larson both of Madison. She was preceded in death by her parents, Myrtle and Virgil Larson; her sister, Judy; and her brother, Terry. A memorial service will be held at noon on Monday, April 27, 2009, at the VILLAGE PARK in Browntown. If inclement weather, the service will be at the United Church of Christ in Browntown. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to make a donation in Karen's name to the Heifer Project or charity of their choice.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on April 26, 2009; submitted by Sandra Sabroff Weber (Class of 1961)

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Obituary: Dolores Jean Caire Gavin - Class of 1955

MAPLE GROVE, MINN./MADISON - Dolores Jean Caire Gavin age 71, of Maple Grove, Minn., and formerly of Madison, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 25, 2009, at Maranatha Care Center, Brooklyn Park, after a valiant six year battle with breast cancer. She was born on Aug. 29, 1937, to Edgar Pierce and Mary Beulah Caire in Madison, where she lived until relocating to Maple Grove, Minn., in 2002. She was the eldest of the four "Caire Girls": Dolores, Corinne, Marie "Patsy" and Gretchen. She was a graduate of Central High School (Class of 1955) and Madison Business College (1957). She is survived by and was married, for 50 joyous years, to Maurice B. Gavin Sr. of Mobile, Alabama. From this union came four children, Maurice II (Tamara), Pastor Aaron Gavin (Paula), Amelia (Josh) and Colin (Kris); 13 beloved grandchildren; and her sisters, Marie (Patsy) Thomas and Gretchen Caire. She also leaves behind many extended loved ones from the Thomas, Lunnon, Gavin, Pierce, Karaway, McWatters, Padgett, Muhlfelder, and Briscoe families and Ghanaian children, Seth and Tina. She was committed to her prayer partners at Living Word Christian Center and credited the church's prayer groups with helping her "beat the odds" as long as she did. She was predeceased by her father, Edgar Pierce; her mother, Mary Beulah; and her sister, Corinne. A memorial service for family and friends will be held later this summer in Madison. For more information, please call or email Maurice Gavin II, (763) 219-1400 or maux@mauricegavin.com.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on April 12, 2009

Thursday, April 02, 2009

Obituary: Nancy Hibma Kreklow - Class of 1966

FITCHBURG - Nancy Hibma Kreklow, age 61 years young, left this earth on her own terms on Tuesday, March 31, 2009. Nancy was the daughter of Dr. Otto (Barbara Stortz) Hibma. She is survived by her husband, Richard and long awaited daughter, Courtney and the newest love of her life, granddaughter, Milani. Nancy is also survived by her brother, Richard (Colleen) Hibma. Misses H-K, as she was called by her students, was a master's degree special education teacher for 12 years in the Madison school district, Velma Hamilton and Cherokee Middle Schools, where she enjoyed her students more than the paperwork. In the following years, Nan nurtured and fed her artistic talents in art metal and painting on stone. Her creations reflected a love of nature, animals and the beach. She also excelled in designing her own gold jewelry, wearing her "armor" with gusto and pride. She will also be missed by "the girls," her pets, Greta, Dakota and Pumpkin whose love for each other was unconditional. In respecting Nan's wishes for no memorial service, she would rather have her friends to: enjoy a warm, sunny day; take a nature walk in the park; walk with your pets; read a poem, better yet, write one; exercise; watch a sunrise; learn something new; enjoy the beauty of art; or play with your kids. Nan reflected on her art work saying that, "I believe in the quality of life and living everyday to the fullest. And that is what I hope my art work displays - life." There will be a Celebration of Life for Nancy on Friday, April 3, 2009, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at CRESS FUNERAL SERVICE, 6021 University Ave., Madison. Memorials may be made to the Dane County Humane Society.Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 6021 University Ave. (608) 238-8406

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on April 2, 2009.

Note: Nancy Hibma's class year is based on information in the 1965 Tychoberahn, where her photograph is included among those of the junior class.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Obituary: Frank E. Forster - Class of 1934

MADISON- Frank E. Forster, age 92, died on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at Middleton Village Nursing Home. He was born on April 10, 1916, to Anton and Josephine Forster in Madison. Singing in the choir at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Frank met his future wife, Alyce Ripp. They were united in marriage on July 26, 1941. Frank attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison for two years, before joining the police force for the City of Madison. After 31 years of service, Frank retired as captain of police for the city. Frank was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He sang in the choir at church, and also in a barber shop quartet. Frank enjoyed golfing, was an avid bowler, went square dancing, and loved to play cards. He and Alyce loved going on bus tours to Milwaukee and Chicago, and wintered in Florida for a number of years. Frank was also an avid Badgers and Packers fan. He also had a passion for building and design, and spent 12 years building a beautiful home on the Wisconsin River. Frank is survived by his wife, Alyce; two daughters, Elizabeth (Richard) Ketterer and Mary Lynn Forster; a granddaughter, Amy (Clint) Le Grand; and two great-grandchildren, Taylor and Carsen. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Ann; a brother, George; and three sisters, Ann, Mary and Josephine. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 27, 2009, at ST. MARIA GORETTI CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5313 Flad Ave., Madison with Monsignor Michael L. Burke officiating. A visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Interment will follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. Memorials are appreciated to St. Coletta of Wisconsin, Development Office, W4955 Highway 18, Jefferson, WI 53549, please indicate for the Madison location. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 26, 2009


Note: Frank E. Forster's class year is based on information in the 1934 Orange & Black yearbook, where he is pictured among the members of the June graduating class.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Obituary: Ben Lowell

HOUSTON, TEXAS/ MADISON - Ben Lowell, of Houston, Texas, formerly of Madison, loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2009, at the age of 81. He was surrounded by his loving family and in the arms of his children. Ben was born and raised in Madison and was the youngest of a family of five children. He graduated from Madison Central High School and then the University of Wisconsin, where he received degrees in economics and law (J.D.). After practicing law in Madison, he went on to work in the building industry in Wisconsin. He later started the Ben Lowell Insurance Agency in Houston, Texas. The agency was a family business, one where he enjoyed working with his clients and family members on a daily basis. The business grew to become one of the largest agencies in Texas serving all types of clients from individuals to businesses and even foreign embassies. He received top agency honors year after year. Ben had a few hobbies besides picking out fabulous fruit from his favorite shopping places. He was an avid investor and loved researching his favorite companies and buying stocks and investments. Nothing brought him more joy however, than simply spending quality time visiting with family and friends. Also, on an annual basis, he would travel back to Madison to visit friends, family and former school mates. At the age of 75, Ben became a Reiki master utilizing his healing powers to help those in need. Ben was reunited with his parents, Max and Clara (nee Potkin) Levin; his brother, Norman; and sister, Portia, all of whom preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Maxine (nee Gellman) with whom he would have celebrated 60 years of marriage on April 7th of this year. Ben was the wonderful father of Deby (Brett) Dalrymple of Houston, Texas, Diane (Ramiz) Tafilaj of Houston, Texas, Scott Lowell of Houston, Texas, Jeff (Heather) Lowell of Minneapolis, Minn., Bill (Jan) Lowell of Eagle, and Doug (Laura) Lowell of Houston, Texas. Proud and loving grandfather of Besa (David) Pinchotti, Besim (Iliriana) Tafilaj, Durim (Yllka) Tafilaj, Jessica (Gene) Labrada, Derek Lowell, Jake (Katy) Lowell, Rachel Lowell, Alexandra Lowell, Maxwell Lowell, Ariana Lowell, Mason Lowell and Arabella Lowell. Great-grandpa to Lira Pinchotti, Drin Tafilaj, Dia Tafilaj and Daniel Lowell. Ben is also survived by two wonderful and loving sisters, Ada Mitchell and Ruth Levey of Madison; many nieces and nephews, whom he loved dearly and his cherished and special friends. Ben had the uncanny knack to befriend individuals from every walk of life and offered everyone he knew his sweet and gentle manner, his optimistic hope and his caring friendship and love. He will be deeply missed by his family and all the lives he touched. Friends and relatives are welcome to visit with the family on Friday, March 20, 2009, at 1 p.m. at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison, which will be followed by a service at 2 p.m. Immediately following the service there will be a short graveside service at Forest Hill Cemetery. Memorials contributions are being accepted in lieu of flowers to the American Heart Association, Diabetes Association or the charity of your choice. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 19, 2009

Obituary: Ruth E. (Rasmussen) Helleckson - Class of 1943

MADISON - Ruth E. Helleckson, age 83, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2009, after a short battle with larynx cancer, at Sebring Assisted Living. She was born on Nov. 14, 1925, in Madison, the daughter of Henry and Fern (Ostrander) Rasmussen. Ruth graduated from Madison Central High School in 1943 and was a member of their a cappella choir. She married Dwain Helleckson on June 25, 1944. Ruth and Dwain co-owned Helleckson's Liquor and Helleckson's Service Station for many years. She was a member of St. Marks Lutheran Church for more than 50 years. Ruth is survived by three children, Linda (Thomas) Junck, Cindy (Robert) Schumacher and Rick (Deborah) Helleckson; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Gordon Rasmussen; sister, Eileen (Phil) Falkenborg; sisters-in-law, Ruby Hubbard and Katie Helleckson; and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Dwain; her parents; and a granddaughter, Cami Lynn Junck. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, 2009, with the Rev. Mary Pharmer presiding. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to HospiceCare Inc. or St. Marks Lutheran Church. A special thanks to the staff at Sebring Assisted Living and HospiceCare for all of their care and support of Ruth. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 19, 2009

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Betty Jane (Philipp) Barringer - Class of 1947

MADISON - Betty Jane (Philipp) Barringer, age 79, passed away on Monday, March 9, 2009, at Oak Park Nursing Home, following a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. She was born on Dec. 7, 1929, in Madison, the daughter of Hugo and Alma (Pieh) Philipp. Betty graduated from Madison Central High School in 1947. She married C. Roger Barringer on July 30, 1949, in Madison. Betty worked at Hoffman House Restaurant for 15 years and then Wisconsin State Employees Credit Union. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, playing bridge, traveling and following Badgers sports. Betty is survived by her husband, Roger; children, Lynn (Tony) Krebs of Marshall, Tim Barringer of Mazomanie, and Dan (Sherry) Barringer of Columbus, Ohio; granddaughters, Amy Barringer, Missy (Kevin) Minter, Keri Krebs and Sarah Barringer; grandsons, Shawn and Brandon Barringer, and Ben Krebs; great-grandchildren, Kyle, Gabby and Zachary; and daughter-in-law, Janet Barringer of Rosemount, Minn. Betty was preceded in death by her parents; son, Bob; two brothers, George and Lloyd Philipp; and two sisters, Eleanor Langholff and Dorothy Kneebone. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME,5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at noon on Saturday, March 14, 2009. Private burial will be at Forest Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to HospiceCare Inc. or Alzheimer's Association. A special thanks to the staffs at Oak Park and Hospice for their care and compassion. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Drive (608)221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 11, 2009

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Kathryn (Sarenich) Giese - Class of 1935

MADISON - Kathryn (Sarenich) Geise, 92, passed away peacefully at HospiceCare Center, Fitchburg with loved ones by her side on March 8, 2009. She was born on March 25, 1916 in Madison to Joseph and Mary Sarenich. She graduated from Central High School in 1935. On June 29, 1958 she married Walter Geise. She was a life-long member of St. Patrick's Church. Katie was a kind, sweet woman who was loved by everyone and blessed to know her. She is survived by her beloved sister-in-law, Evelyn Sarenich of Green Bay; seven nieces and nephews, JoAnn Jankowski (Mark) of Abrams, Kathleen Bransted (Steve) of West Bend, James J Sarenich (Bobby Jo) of Pulaski, Patrick P. Sarenich of Wrightstown, Sharon Sarenich of Fond du Lac, Mary Bennett of Albany and James C. Sarenich; and numerous loving friends she also considered family. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Walter; and brothers, Paul, James and Charles. Mass of Christian Burial will be held TODAY, March 10, 2009 at 10:30 a.m. at SAINT PATRICK'S CHURCH, Madison with Monsignor Holmes officiating. Visitation will begin at 9 a.m. up until time of service. Burial will be held in Rose Lawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dane County Humane Society. The family wishes to thank her caretaker Noemi, the staffs at St. Mary's Hospital and the compassionate staff at HospiceCare Inc. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3325 E. Washington Ave. ( 608) 249-6666

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on February 10, 2009

Thursday, March 05, 2009

Obituary: Ronald William Harrington - Class of 1955

MADISON - Ronald William Harrington, age 72, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Tuesday, March 3, 2009. Ronald was born on June 15, 1936, in Madison, the son of John and Harriet Harrington. He graduated from Madison Central High School in 1955 and later married Mariea Guzzetta on May 31, 1958, in Madison. Ronald was a member of St. James Catholic Church in Madison. He collected stamps and baseball cards, and loved playing fast pitch softball. He also enjoyed watching the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears. He especially loved spending time with his family and friends, and attending his grandchildren's events or school activities. Ronald worked for more than 37 years for the University of Wisconsin Physics Department prior to his retirement in 1993. He is survived by his wife, Mariea (Guzzetta) Harrington; three sons, Bill (Lisa) Harrington, Dan (Kelli) Harrington and Mark (Kathy) Harrington; seven grandchildren, Michael, Mariel, Zachary, Jackie, Samantha, Kaitlyn and Danny; six siblings, Regina (James) Emerson of Oshkosh, James (Lu Ann) Harrington of Beloit, Barbara (William) Miller of DeForest, Richard Harrington of Wautoma, Susan (James) Clifcorn of Madison, and Julie Washa (Gary Morgan) of North Freedom; his friends, Jack (Carol) Marshall and Sam (Bev) DiMaggio; and many nieces, nephews and other relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, John (Harriet) Harrington; his sister, Geraldine (David) Eagen; a brother, Jack Harrington; two nephews, Stephen Emerson and Timothy Harrington; a nephew-in-law, James Guzzetta; and special friends, Gordie (Bonnie) Hocking. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. JAMES CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1128 St. James Court, Madison, on Friday, March 6, 2009, at 11 a.m. Monsignor Tom Baxter will celebrate. A visitation will also be held at the church on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. Burial will conclude at the Resurrection Cemetery in Madison. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to the St. James Catholic School, 1204 St. James Court, Madison. Dad will be missed by all of us. We love you Papa. Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home and Cremation Services 5701 Odana Road (608) 274-1000

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 5, 2009

Sunday, March 01, 2009

Obituary: Ruth Emory Allin - Class of 1929

MADISON - Ruth Emory Allin, age 97, a longtime resident of Madison, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2009, in Roseville Minn., at the Presbyterian Homes of Roseville where she had been living for the past seven years. Ruth was born on April 16, 1911, in Maywood Ill., the daughter of the late Lyndon King Emory and Elizabeth Bishop Emory. She moved to Madison in the early 1920s where Mr. Emory owned and operated Brown's Book Store. After graduating from Central High School, she attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated in 1933 with a degree in art. In 1935, Ruth married Robin N. Allin, who became a prominent internist at the Dean Clinic in Madison. In addition to raising her three children, Ruth pursued her work as an artist as a member of the Madison Art Guild. Dr. and Mrs. Allin traveled widely throughout the world. Ruth instilled in her children and grandchildren curiosity about the world, appreciation for nature, and enthusiasm for learning. She had an encyclopedic knowledge of the many places she had been and people she had met that she retained until her death. For the past 12 years of her life she lived in Minnesota. Ruth is survived by her son, Robin Nail Allin Jr. (Sheila) of Port Barrington Ill.; daughter, Nancy Allin Nelson (Russell) of St. Paul Minn.; daughter-in-law, Mary Ann Allin of Washington, D.C.; grandchildren, Stephanie Clemson (Peter) of Evanston Ill., Derek Allin of Palatine Ill., Matthew Nelson (Kelley) of St. Paul Minn.; Erica Nelson (Dylan Howitt) of London UK; Lyndon Allin II (Lorina) of London UK; Robin Allin III of Port Barrington Ill.; Marin Nelson of Minneapolis, Minn. and Christopher Allin of Glendale Heights, Ill. Ruth felt very blessed to have enjoyed her six great-grandchildren, Anna and Matthew Clemson, Tyler and Zachary Nelson, Bryce Allin and Alexander Allin. Ruth is also survived by her niece, Patricia Lang of St Paul, Minn. Ruth was preceded in death by her husband in 1994; and by her son, Lyndon King Allin in 2000. A memorial service will be held at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road in Madison, on Saturday, April 4, 2009, at 3 p.m., with visitation one hour before the service. Memorials are preferred to the Robin N. Allin, M.D. Scholarship Fund of the University of Wisconsin Foundation or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 1, 2009

Ruth Emory Allin's class year is based in information in the 1929 Tychoberahn, where she is pictured among the members of the February graduating class.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Obituary: Kenneth Lloyd Mickelson

POYNETTE - Kenneth Lloyd Mickelson departed this life surrounded by the love of his children and grandchildren on Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009, at the age of 74. After graduating from Central High School, Madison, he served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Professionally, Ken was a carpenter and worked for Sullivan Brothers and Capitol Ceilings. Ken loved the great outdoors and was a lifelong gun and bow hunter. He trained many Springer Spaniels to hunt pheasants, and in later years enjoyed the close companionship of his rat terrier, Buddy. He was a faithful Packer-Backer all his life. He was proud of his Norwegian heritage; his family was one of the first Mickelson settlers in Vermont, Wis. Ken was a friend to everyone, always ready for a good joke or a gentle ribbing. He was always willing to help friends and family; he was someone all could count on. He celebrated his 50th wedding anniversary to his beloved wife, Beverly, in May, 2008, with his immediate family at his favorite supper club. Ken was preceded in death by Beverly on June 16, 2008; parents, Adolph and Florence (Zatocil); and siblings Donald, Lyle, Virginia, Lola, Robert and Betty Ann. He is survived by daughter, Georgia (Robert) Beaverson; son, Donald (Patti); son, Douglas (Toni); son, David; son, Daniel (Sheila); sisters, June Murphy, Meredith Skolaski and Ardith Kuska; and brother, Richard. Ken was the best grandfather any child could ask for, fun-loving, thoughtful and affectionate. He took joy in his eight grandchildren, Michael, Laura, Megan Natalie, Paige, Mitchell, Dayne and Drew. In their hearts "Grandpa Ken" will always have a safe and loving place. His children and their spouses will sorely miss their dad; he was a wonderful man and father. The entire family gratefully acknowledges the kind care and respect shown Ken by the staff of the Meriter oncology wing and HospiceCare. Family and friends are invited to celebrate Ken's life on Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2008, at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison at 11 a.m. for a Memorial Service. Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. until the service begins. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers 5203 Monona Dr. (608) 221-5420

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on February 16, 2009