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