Thursday, December 05, 2013

Obituary: Kay (Rogers) Berthelsen - Class of 1963

MIDDLETON-  Kay (Rogers) Berthelsen passed away on December 4, 2013 from complications of COPD at the age of 68. She was born in Madison on April 28, 1945 and was a lifelong resident of the city, raised by her mother, Eleanor and grandmother, Catherine.

Kay graduated from Central High School in 1963 and attended UW-Madison. She worked in office management for several law firms around the city. She was the co-owner of Morgan's Bar. She moved on to the Morris Heifitz Recycling Company which she managed for many years and then purchased and successfully operated until her retirement in 1996.

She met the great love of her life in 1991 and eventually married John Berthelsen in 1995. They enjoyed travel and wonderful times together, especially at their second home in Las Vegas where she spent winters for four of her last years. She was preceded in death by her mother, father and brother Mike. She is survived by her husband John, daughter Kim, step-daughter Angie, step-son Derek and grandchildren Merissa, Kelsy, Elias, Sawyer, Emmitt and Finnegan. Visitation will be held at the Cress Center, 6021 University Ave., Madison, WI 53705 from 9 to 11 on Saturday, December 7. A celebration of KayƊ¼s life will be held at 11:00, followed by a light lunch at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Meriter Foundation.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 5, 2013. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968).

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Obituary: JoAnn Shirley (Kinder) Gray - Class of 1967

MADISON - Joann Shirley Gray, age 64, passed away Nov. 30, 2013, after a very long struggle with temporal lobe dementia. She was born Feb. 9, 1949, in Stoughton, daughter of Clifford and Shirley (Stickle) Kinder. Joann married Terry Gray on July 28, 1984, in Madison. She graduated from Central High School in 1967. After high school, Joann worked at WPS for nearly 20 years. Later she worked for Oscar Mayer and then Kraft Foods. Joann enjoyed crafts, flower gardening and interior design.

She is survived by her loving husband of 29 years Terry Gray; children, Troy Clifcorn and Melissa (Sean) Collins; grandchildren, Ashley (Cody) Welbig, Holley Schultz, Brok and Aspen Clifcorn, Kayley and Shelby Collins; sisters, Judy Schwoch and Janalyn Du Bois;and brothers, Jerry and Jim ( Deborah) Kinder. Joann was preceded in death by her parents. Funeral services will be held 11 a.m., Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3325 East Washington, Madison. Visitation will be from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3325 East Washington, Madison.

Special thank you to Heartland Hospice and Karmenta for their compassionate care. 

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 3, 2013

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Obituary: Edward Benjamin "E.B." Matthews - Class of 1941

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. / MADISON - Edward Benjamin "E.B." Matthews was born on Aug. 14, 1923, in Memphis Tenn., to Mamie (Taylor) Matthews and Olige Matthews. He went home to be with the Lord on Nov. 22, 2013, in Indianapolis, Ind., where he had lived for the past two years cared for by his daughter, Robin.

"E.B." retired from Oscar Mayer. He was an avid horseman and won many trophies and ribbons over the years at rodeos all over the country. He enjoyed watching the Green Bay Packers and Badgers football and loved attending the games whenever possible. He was the first Black Drum Major of the Madison Scouts Drum and Bugle Corps when they were founded in 1938.

Edward is survived by his sister, Addrena Matthews-Squires and his beloved children, Ollie Lamont Matthews, Marlieta Matthews-Beckman (David), Robin Matthews (Daniel Pepmeier) and Edwina Matthews; stepchildren, David Davenport, Chuck (Millie) Cramer and Karen (Andy) Cramer-Blackburn; grandchildren, Anthony, Brian, Jeffrey, Syreeta, Cameron, Danielle, Gabriel, Hunter, Bret, Sarah; and great-grandchildren, Kadence, Jordan, Amari, Ameira, Angelica, Annabella, Bryan, Taylor, Samara, Dominic, Thavyah; and special niece, "Mona Jean" and many other friends and relatives. E.B. Matthews was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Edie Mae; sons, Edward (Buster) Matthews, and Charles Matthews; sisters, Willie Jo Withers Walker, Ollie Mae Matthews-Banks, Rose Lee Matthews-Abernathy, Beauty B. Boxley and brothers: F.C. Boxley, Walter Boxley, Charles Boxley; and granddaughter, Holly Cramer; and ex-wife, Mary E. Matthews.

His family is deeply appreciative of the care he received from the Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants of Allisonville Meadows Rehabilitation Facility. We would especially like to thank Tori Benson who cared for him so lovingly at home. Arrangements made by Flanner and Buchanan-Carmel, Carmel, Indiana. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at MOUNT ZION BAPTIST CHURCH, 2019 Fisher St., Madison, WI 53713. Family visitation 11 a.m. to noon and service at noon, the Rev. David Smith, officiating.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 1, 2013.

Note: The class year for "E.B." Matthews was provided by his niece, Mona Winston (Class of 1969), who said, "He was very proud of the fact he went to CHS."

Obituary: Sophie N. (Fatsis) Karabis - Class of 1937

MADISON - Sophie N. Karabis, age 94, of Madison, died on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2013, at Waunakee Manor with St. Jude Hospice care. She was a first generation American, born on March 1, 1919, to Nicholas and Katina (Teroupoulos) Fatsis, and was the eldest of four children. She attended Doty Grade School and graduated from Madison Central High School in 1937. While at Madison Central, she met her future husband, George Karabis (also a first generation born), and they married on July 9, 1939. In June of 1944, twins, Peter and Nick, were born.

Sophie's husband, George, and brother-in-law, Jim Karabis, owned and operated the Karabis bar, now the Harmony bar. Sophie worked retail for many years at Baron Brothers, Manchester's, Karsten's Men's Store, H.C. Prange, Borman's, and finally retired from Walgreen's on State Street in her 80's. She completed the Helena Rubenstein and Revlon training courses and took much satisfaction as a beauty advisor. Sophie enjoyed watching the Badgers and Packers and taking care of "the twins". She often went dancing at Club Chanticleer with friends from the old Greenbush neighborhood, especially best friends, Tom and Mini DiSalvo. She was proud of her twins' service in the Wisconsin National Air Guard, and took great joy in her grandsons and cooking Greek dishes for holidays and family gatherings.

Sophie is survived by her sons, Peter Karabis and Nick Karabis; grandsons, Matthew Karabis and Barrett Karabis; her brother, Sam Fatsis; sister, Georgia Fatsis, all of Madison; daughter-in-law, Virginia Gully; and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; brother, Gus; and daughter-in-law, Val Karabis. A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, at ASSUMPTION GREEK ORTHODOX CHURCH, 11 N. 7th St., Madison, with Father Michael Vanderhoef presiding. Burial will follow at Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., Madison. In lieu of flowers, please remember Waunakee Manor or St. Jude's Hospice. The family wishes to express their sincere appreciation and thanks to the many wonderful people who cared for Sophie during her stay there. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:  

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 5, 2013. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968)

Obituary: Lyle Crary - Class of 1964

WEST ALLIS - Lyle E. Crary, age 67, of West Allis, passed away on Friday, Nov. 29, 2013, at his home. He was born on July 15, 1946, in Madison, the son of Wilson E. Crary and Camilla L. Olson. Lyle graduated from Central High School. He loved basketball, football, especially the Packers and NASCAR. Lyle enjoyed spending time with his family and trying his luck with the "claw machine" and winning stuffed animals. He had a great sense of humor, was known to be a practical joker, and enjoyed a good cup of coffee and anything sweet. He will be missed by his brother, Norris (Shirley) Crary; beloved nieces and nephews; and his roommate, Andy the cat. He was preceded in death by his parents. A Memorial Gathering to celebrate Lyle's life will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013. Lyle will be laid to rest at Button Cemetery next to his parents at a later date. The family wishes to thank the Compassionate Care of Hospice of West Allis, and special thanks to Connie and his nurses, Kim and Julie. Online condolences may be made at 

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 1, 2013

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Obituary: Steven C. DiMaggio

MADISON - Stephen C. DiMaggio went to be with his Lord on Nov. 14, 2013. Steve was born on June 28, 1936, in Madison, to Charles and Mayme DiMaggio. He attended St. Joseph's Catholic School, Madison Central High School and St. Thomas Military Academy in St. Paul, Minn. He entered the U.S. Army in 1958, where he served in Seoul Korea as his commander's driver and as chaplain's assistant. Steve was a caring, loving person dedicated to his Catholic faith. He frequently attended St. Paul's Chapel, where he was known to reach out and help those in need. He enjoyed playing the piano and singing for family and friends. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Steve is survived by three sisters, Rosalie (John Cannarella), Pauline of St. Paul, Minn., and Gerri (Bob Pesselman); two uncles, Al DiMaggio and Sam DiMaggio (Beverly); and aunt, Jenny (Pete Castagna). He had many nieces, nephews, and cousins who loved him; and his good friend, Tim Jennings, who was always concerned about his well being. A Mass will be held at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 401 S. Owen Drive, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2013, with Father Jim Uppena presiding. Burial with military rites accorded will be in Resurection Cemetery in Madison. Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Many thanks to the loyal and dedicated staff of St. Mary's Health Care, Badger Prairie Health Care Center and University Hospitals.  

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on November 24, 2013. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1967)

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

Obituary: Robert "Spike" Doran - Class of 1954

MADISON - Robert "Spike" Doran, age 77, passed away on Oct. 3, 2013. Robert was born on Oct. 21, 1935, in Madison to the late James and Helen Anderson Doran. Bob grew up on the southwest side of Madison, and he was very proud to be a Central High graduate of 1954. Bob's passion was playing and coaching touch football and softball in the Madison league, where their team won the City Major League Championship for 12 years. Bob married Patti Thuesen on Oct. 21, 1971, and they took many road trips together but he especially loved going to Henry Vilas Zoo and the State Fair. Bob loved sports, kids, dogs, and helping others. Being a true friend was Bob's gift to so many. No task was too difficult or time consuming for him and his generosity was always from the heart. Bob worked for the Cassini and Son Tile Co., construction, Madison Metro School District from where he retired. Bob is survived by "His Bride" Patti of 42 years; his siblings; three sisters, Geraldine Quinto, Lois Helen Schaefer and Barbara Jean Paurroy; two brothers, Donald Doran and Richard Doran; also many nieces and nephews including great ones. Bob was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Clayton Doran and James Doran. Patti would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Middleton Village, Tom and Aleene Kerwin, Louie and Shirley Cassini and Cynthia Schoettler for the many years of care and friendship, they gave Bob. A memorial service honoring Bob will be held, Friday, Oct. 11, 2013, at AGRACE HOSPICECARE, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison. Visitation will be at 9:30 a.m. with the service at 10:30 a.m. Chaplain Stephen Zwettler will be officiating.

 Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on October 9, 2013. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968)

Thursday, October 03, 2013

Obituary: Margaret Theresa (Fiscus) Moen

MONONA - Margaret Theresa Moen, age 66, of Monona, died on Sept. 30, 2013, at her home after a brief and dignified battle with brain cancer. She was born on Oct. 3, 1946, in Madison, to Mary and Leslie Fiscus.

Margaret was a life-long Madisonian. Although a mid-high school family move had her graduating high school from Monona Grove, her heart was always at Central High in the heart of the city. After a year at UW-Whitewater, she went on to spend her time raising her three children, working in many food service locales, and retiring from her work in food service at the Madison Metropolitan school district.

She married Henry B. Moen in June of 2001 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church. At home, she enjoyed cooking, challenging crossword puzzles, and reading. Her family and friends were important to her, and spending time socializing was always at the top of her list. She especially enjoyed spending time with family and friends whom she could beat at Euchre.

Margaret is survived by her husband, Henry; her daughters, Laura (Michael) Saunders, and Sarah (Donovan) Johnson; five grandchildren, Sydney, Ashley, Mason, Donovan, and Anna; stepchildren, Scott (Denise) Moen and Kim (Ron) Weum, and their children, Ryan, Jack, Dalton, and Tyler; two sisters, Mary Ann Ahrensmeyer, and Angie Fiscus; brother, James Fiscus; three nephews; ten nieces; their spouses; and many great-nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; an infant sister, Elizabeth Fiscus; and her beloved son, Matthew Thomas Rounds.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5101 Schofield St., Monona, at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, with the Rev. John Silva presiding. Inurnment will be at Sacred Hearts Cemetery in Sun Prairie. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013, as well as from 10:30 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare.

The family would like to thank Agrace HospiceCare for the wonderful care they provided for Margaret.  

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on October 5, 2013. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968).

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Obituary: Ruth (Levin) Levey - Class of 1939

MADISON - Ruth Levey, age 91, passed away peacefully at home on Sept. 22, 2013. She was born on March 21, 1922, in Madison, the daughter of Max and Clara Levin. She is survived by her daughters, Barbara Negelow of Atlanta, Ga., Lenore Katz (Joel) of Athens, Ga.; and son, Dr. Allan Levey (Lori) of Atlanta, Ga.; and sister, Ada Mitchell. She was the loving grandmother of Matthew Edelstein (Lisa), Colin Edelstein (Ali), Emily Katz (Thurston Domina), Marisa Katz (Prentiss Cox), Natalie Levey, and Daniel Levey; and great-grandmother of Jaclyn, Lincoln, Maggie, Jake, Willa, and Hallie. She was preceded in death by her husband, Seymour Levey. She was married to Sy in 1943, and together they established Rock-A-Bye Youth Center, a children's department store, which became a Madison landmark for more than 40 years. A private funeral service was held with burial at Forest Hill Cemetery, in Madison. The family would like to express special thanks to Chompel, the staff at Attic Angel Place and Janine Field for advocating for a dignified end to life at home, and for many years of care and support. In lieu of flowers, donations may be given to the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Institute, 7818 Big Sky Drive, Suite 215, Madison, WI 53719, or Jewish Social Services of Madison. Please share your memories at

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 25, 2013. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968) 

Ruth Levey's class year is based on a list of June 1939 graduates published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 16, 1939.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Obituary: William A. Goeden - Class of 1942

MADISON - William A. Goeden, age 88, passed away unexpectedly at home on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013. Bill was born on Oct. 15, 1924, in Madison to Andrew and Grace (McGowen). He served in the U.S. Army in both the European and Pacific theaters of World War II. Bill married Lorraine Palzkill on Sept. 11, 1948. He graduated from the UW-Madison with a degree in economics. Bill was a long time proprietor of Goeden's Seafood on University Ave. He was a member of the First Badger Honor Flight out of Madison, K-C 531, VFW, DAV and a VA Hospital volunteer for 17 years. Bill enjoyed camping and was a founding member of the QP Campers and loved to travel. Bill was loved and will be truly missed by all the lives he touched. Bill is survived by his wife of 65 years, Lorraine; children, Christine (Jerry) Helding, Timothy, Mary (Randy Cameron) and Michael (Kerrie); grandchildren, Will (Sarah), Alissa (Adam), Sydney, Emery and Ellis; great-grandchildren, Aniyah and Armin. He is further survived by other family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Robert and Marquerite; and daughter-in-law, Connie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 401 S. Owen Dr., Madison, at 11 a.m., on Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, with Monsignor Kenneth Fiedler officiating. Visitation will take place at the church from 10 a.m. until time of Mass on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Badger Honor Flight, Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic School Endowment Fund, or the VA Hospital's Food Program for Veterans. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

 Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 22, 2013. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968) 

William Goeden's class year is based on a list of 1942 graduates published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 12, 1942.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Obituary: Gladys Helen (Harney) Lewis - Class of 1938

MIDDLETON / WAUNAKEE - Gladys Helen Lewis, age 92, died on June 24, 2013, at Waunakee Manor. Glad was born in Madison on Aug. 5, 1920, the daughter of Olaf and Sena (Langeteig) Harney. She graduated from Central High School in 1938, and embarked on a secretarial career that, with periodic vocational education, would span nearly fifty years. She worked for various employers including Oscar Mayer, Madison Public Schools, University of Wisconsin-Madison Residence Halls, University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, Frautschi Furniture, the UW-Extension International Cooperative Training Center, and the Wisconsin Geological and National History Survey. In July, 1940, Glad married her love, Hugh Lewis. When Hugh entered military service in 1942, she accompanied him while he underwent training at various army airfields in the southern U.S. prior to his departure overseas in December, 1943. During Hugh's absence she had her first son, Steven, in February, 1944, and raised him alone until Hugh's return in July, 1945. A second son, Robert, followed in 1948. Glad was a loving wife and mother who foremost was devoted to her husband and children. She was an excellent cook, home decorator, hostess, seamstress, and knitter, whose abilities in these areas greatly added to her family's joie de vivre. She was an avid bridge player with her circle of friends and enjoyed travel. While physically active she enjoyed time spent with her husband playing tennis and golf; the latter sport was her passion which she continued to enjoy on television after she could no longer play. The last two decades of her life were largely spent caring for her husband, ill with cancer, prior to his death in 2010. Hugh and Glad were married for 69 years. After Hugh died she enjoyed a brief respite until her own health deteriorated. Glad is survived by her two sons, Steven and his wife Ellen of Madison, and Robert and his wife Margy of Middleton; by grandchildren, Amy (Lewis) Levy of Eden Prairie, Minn., and Andrew Lewis of Madison; as well as nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh; her brother, Olaf of Calif.; and her sister, Inez of Texas. The family would like to express their appreciation to the nurses, CNAs, and administrative staff at Waunakee Manor Health Center for their skilled, diligent, and kind care during Glad's stay there. In accordance with her wishes, there will be no services. Memorials may be given to Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Inc. P.O. Box 628242 Middleton, WI 53562-8242, or to the UW American Family Children's Hospital, 1675 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53706.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 14, 2013. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968).

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Obituary: Donald Ritchey Stroud, Sr. - Class of 1934

MADISON - Prominent attorney and lifelong Madison resident Donald Ritchey Stroud Sr., age 96, died June 12, 2013, at Attic Angel Place in Middleton, where he had been a resident for six years and at one time served as a member of its board. Over the years he also served on the board of Madison's first shopping center, Hilldale, as well as the boards of United Way, Madison General Hospital (now Meriter Hospital) and was council to the Henry Vilas Trust. He was an elder at Christ Presbyterian Church and a guest lecturer at the University of Wisconsin Law School. In 1957, at age 40, he was elected president of Madison Downtown Rotary Club, at that time the youngest president the club had ever had. Born March 1, 1917, to Ray M. and Miriam Ritchey Stroud he attended Lincoln Elementary School and Central High School in Madison before enrolling in Dartmouth College in Hanover, N.H. After earning his law degree from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, he worked for a short period with the Milwaukee law firm of Shea and Hoyt. On the eve of Pearl Harbor he joined the U.S. Army's Officer Cadet School, later working in the U.S. Army Counter Intelligence Corps in Chicago before being deployed to the European Theater. He was part of the invasion on Omaha Beach in France in 1944 and later fought in the Battle of the Bulge. In 1945, First Lt. Stroud was cited by the Army for his work with the Army Counter Intelligence Corps. He left the Army as a Captain. Two days after joining the army he married Betty "Burky" Burghardt, whose family started Burghardt Sporting Goods of Milwaukee. He courted her in Three Lakes, Wis., where their respective families owned cottages on opposite shores of Big Fork Lake. The Stroud cottage was named Knokachoo because it served as a refuge from summer allergies. With no telephone service at the time, he would use a red or green lantern set on the pier to signal his arrival by boat or car. Their family cottages are still enjoyed by subsequent generations. In 1947, he joined the Madison law firm that included his father, Ray, and later his brother, Seward "Dick" Stroud. It is now Stroud, Willink & Howard, LLC. Outside the firm, he loved woodworking and much of the furniture he crafted now resides with his children. Along with his wife, he also loved family snow skiing trips, sailing, water skiing and boating, sports his children still enjoy. Betty died in 1977 at age 57. He would later marry Nancy Stotzer of Milwaukee who died 10 years later. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Seward. Survivors include his sister, Claire Oetking, of Madison; five children, Susan Stroud (Gus Plumb) of Fort Collins, Colo., Steve Stroud (Carol Stogsdill) of Pasadena, Calif., Donald Stroud Jr. (Mardi Laudon) of Madison, Doug Stroud (Claudia Hall) of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Peter Stroud of Middleton; nine grandchildren, Heather, Wendy, Donald III (Tripp), Scott, Adam, Bradley, Hattie, Kaia and Steve; five great-grandchildren, Aidan, Ian, Myah, Quinn and Zoe. His family plans a private memorial.  

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 16, 2013. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968).

Donald Stroud's class year is based on information in the 1934 Orange & Black yearbook, where he is pictured amongst the graduating seniors.

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Obituary: Ruth M. (Skelly) Trameri

FITCHBURG - -Ruth M. Trameri, age 91, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. Ruth was born to Hedwig (Loehrer) and Leo Skelly on November 8, 1921. She grew up on a farm in Fitchburg and graduated from Central High School. She retired from First Wisconsin Bank (U.S. Bank) after 36 years. Ruth married Deno Trameri on January 10, 1948. They had 54 wonderful years together. He passed away on June 18, 2002. Ruth has volunteered at St. James School and Church for many years. She enjoyed her 500 club and Bridge clubs. She was a long time member of St. James Catholic Church, Catholic Woman’s Club and also Woman’s Club of Madison. She was an active member of Foresters and Elks Auxiliary.

Ruth is survived by her brother John (Joyce) Skelly and sister-in-law Doris Trameri. She was very fond of her nieces and nephews, Kathi (Larry) Goodman, LuAnne (Lou) Jones, Sue Daniel, Tom (Diane) Skelly, Dan (Diane) Koellen, Michael (Patricia) Schott, Bill (Joni) Schott and Patrick Schott. Also dear friends, Mary Muldoon Gleason, Karen Reibetanz and Jerry Frerker.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Deno, her parents, sister Bette, brothers-in-law Roland Koellen and Ed Trameri, and sisters-in-law Rita Sundstrom and Genevieve Schott.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at GOOD SHEPHERD CATHOLIC PARISH at the ST. JAMES CATHOLIC CHURCH, 1128 St. James Ct., Madison, with Msgr. Tom Baxter and Msgr. Douglas Dushack officiating. A Visitation will take place at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be held at Resurrection Cemetery.

A special thanks to Agrace HospiceCare and Attic Angels for helping Ruth with her journey during her last five weeks.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Good Shepherd Parish, Apostolate to the Handicapped, St. James School Endowment or Agrace HospiceCare. Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 5701 Odana Rd 608-274-1000
Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 9, 2013.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Obituary: Alfonso "Al" Studesville - Class of 1964

MADISON - Alfonso "Al" Studesville Jr., 67, lifelong community activist and educator, passed away on Tuesday, June 4, 2013, in Texas along with his wife, as the result of a tragic motorcycle accident, while traveling to see the Grand Canyon.

 He was best known for his gregarious personality, his deep rich voice and infectious laugh. He regularly used and lived by the phrase, "I will match energy with energy" and was driven in service to education and economic opportunities.

 He was born on Jan. 9, 1946, in St. Louis, Mo., son of Alfonso Sr. and Margaret (Hall) Studesville. Al was a life-long resident of Madison and graduated from the University of Wisconsin, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Social Work and Masters in Counseling. He was married to Janet (Barry) Studesville for almost four decades. They had one son, Eric. He and his wife Staci have two children, Sydni Simone (eight) and Eric Alfonso Jr. (eight months) whom Al and Jan adored.

Al was a Student Services Career Counselor at Madison College (formerly MATC). He and Jan owned Just Nails Studios and Just Nails Training Center in Fitchburg. He also served as member of the South Central Work Force Development Board and Rapid Response Team, Back to School program, GALA Fund Raising Event, College Challenge Bowl and Mentoring Programs for 100 Black Men of Madison. He was a member of the Small Business Advisory Committee for the Wisconsin Department of Licensing and Regulation, MATC Liaison to Corporation, Business, Industry and Trade, MATC Recruiter for adults, displaced workers and alternative programs, member of the Madison College Recruiter for Recruitment and Retention Committee, High School Counselor Relations, a liaison to School to Work Council and Programs and member of the Madison College Small Business Board.

 Prior to joining Madison College, Alfonso was employed by Wisconsin Power and Light (now known as Alliant Energy) as a Sales Manager. He was a teacher and counselor at Madison East High School for nine years and the program director for the South Madison Neighborhood Center (now known as the Boys and Girls Club).

Al began a life of community service at the age of 12 when he joined the Jr. NAACP. He belonged to numerous community groups and professional organizations including the NAACP Education Committee, Urban League and Charles Hamilton Houston Institute. Recently he was selected to serve as the Executive Vice President of the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute to prepare youth for economic independence by focusing on self-esteem, health, academic achievement, study skills, work skills, service to others and citizenship. He received many awards including the Reverend James C. Wright Human Rights Award.

Al is survived by his son, Eric (Staci) Studesville and grandchildren, Sydni and Eric Jr. of Lone Tree, Colo.; brothers, Larry (Jan Hamik) Studesville of Madison, Orlando Studesville of New York, N.Y. and Donald Studesville of Madison; father-in-law, Dr. George Barry of Madison; brothers-in-law, Richard (Trish) Barry of Middleton and Don Barry (Teiko Saito) of Alexandria, Va.; sister-in-law, Carol (Don) Bloom of LaCrosse; and his maternal uncle, John (Dorothy) Hall of St. Louis, Mo. Al and Jan also leave behind many friends and associates who will miss them dearly.

Al was preceded in death by his parents, Alfonso Sr. and Margaret (Hall) Studesville; and mother-in-law, Kay Barry.

Visitation for both Al and Jan will be at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 6021 University Avenue, Madison, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 14, 2013. A celebration service for both will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2013, in the MITBY THEATER at MATC, 1701 Wright Street, Madison, with Pastor Alex Gee officiating. The family suggests that visitors wear attire to reflect a colorful celebration of life in the true spirit of Al and Jan.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Al and Jan Studesville Memorial Fund that will continue support for educational opportunities and scholarships for students in Madison. Programs through Women in Focus and 100 Black Men of Madison will be targeted.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 8, 2013 

Alfonso Studesvile was a member of the Class of 1964. His photograph appears among those of the graduating seniors in the 1964 Tychoberahn.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Obituary: Joseph Justiliano - Class of 1935

MADISON - Joseph Justiliano, age 97, passed away on Sunday, March 10, 2013, surrounded by his loving family. Joe was born on Aug. 29, 1915, in Madison, to Maria and Jacob Justiliano. He grew up in the Bush neighborhood in Madison and was always proud of his Sicilian heritage. He was active in sports, playing football, basketball, and ran the mile in track. Joe graduated from Madison Central High in 1935. After graduation, he started his career as a women’s shoe salesman. Joe later enjoyed retirement by traveling to Florida. Joe was a member of St. Peter Parish in Madison. Also, a member of the Elks Club, The East Side Club, Moose Club, and the Italian Workman’s Club. He was united in marriage to the love of his life, Irene (Poloni) on June 22, 1940, who gave him three beautiful children, Veronica, Jo Ann, and Joe. He is survived by his children, Jo Ann Suchomel (Ron) of Sun Prairie, and Joe Justiliano (Pat) of Oconomowoc. His grandchildren, Brian Suchomel, Eric (Lisa) Suchomel, Brenda (Rick) Hansen, Mike Justiliano, and Julie Justiliano. And great-grandchildren, Dylan, Tyler, Zack, Caden, Maddie, and Halle. He was preceded in death by his wife, Irene, in 1984; infant daughter, Veronica; mother and father, Maria and Jacob Justiliano; and siblings, Mary, Vito, Nick and Ann. Also, his Poloni family, who meant so much to him. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, 2013, at ST. PETER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5001 North Sherman Ave., with Msgr. Charles Schluter presiding. Burial will follow at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery. A visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass at the church on Saturday. Even into his 90s, Joe remained active, always finding time to take his hikes. We know he is at peace and is finally reunited with his love, Irene, after hiking the last 29 years without her. A special thanks to Roxy, Cheryl and the staff at Harmony Living Center in Sun Prairie for all their love and support, and to Agrace Hospice for making his last weeks so comfortable.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 13, 2013. Submitted by Sandra Sabroff Weber.

Sunday, March 03, 2013

Obituary: Nicholas "Pops" Gandolph (Gandolpho) - Class of 1942

MADISON - Nicholas "Pops" Gandolph (Gandolfo), age 89. On Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, Nick decided it was time to move on to a better place. Nick was going to do it his way. He was born on Aug. 16, 1923, to Sicilian immigrants Guiseppe and Giacoma (Greco) Gandolfo. Nick was one of eight siblings. After his mother died when he was three, he was raised and cared for by his devoted sisters who were dedicated to keeping the "famiglia" together and out of the orphanage. Nick grew up in the Greenbush, and as a young boy, he learned to collect coal along the railroad tracks that was used to warm the family's stove. Nick loved the "Bush." Brittingham Park was his favorite place, and he attended Doty School. A graduate of Central High School in 1942, Nick was a superior athlete. He lettered in football, basketball, and track. Right after high school, he answered the call of duty to serve his country. Being too young to enlist, his sister had to sign off for him. Nick fought in World War II in the Pacific Theatre. On Jan. 31, 1951 (the coldest day ever recorded in Madison), he married his sweetheart Dorothy Donna Klein. As a military wife, Dorothy enjoyed traveling from base to base with their young children. Nick went on to have a long, distinguished military and reserve career, retiring with the rank of Chief Master Sergeant. Nick was proud to serve his country. Following his service, he worked many years as a social worker for Dane County. Immediately after his retirement in 1989, Nick was off to the Peace Corps to volunteer in Jamaica. Nick was a life-long member of the Italian Workman's Club, where he devoted many years to bettering the Italian Community. Nick was also a member of the VFW, the DAV, and the American Legion. In the military, Nick was a paratroop diver. In real life, he was a passionate "Dumpster Diver" and curb hunter. He enjoyed spending time with his family and attending many social "appointments." Nick also enjoyed riding his bicycle all over the city. That man loved his bike! He is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy of 62 years; children, Nick Greco, Tony Gandolfo (Jacalyn nee Piazza), his precious daughter Karen Lee Myers, Steve Leonardo, and Vince Vito; grandchildren, Jovita Gandolfo (David Brody), Gina Gandolfo, Joseph and Lucas Myers; great-grandchildren, Ayla and Eja Gandolfo-Brody; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by Ma and Pa; his sisters, Elizabeth, Rose, Jeannine, and Victoria; his brothers, Joseph, Leonardo, and Phillip. At Nick's request, there will be no memorials or visitations; he wished for no cards or flowers. Over the years, people can become forgetful. Not Nick. He never forgot where he came from, or how he got there. And, he knows right where he's going. So, Nicolo-Sugar-Pops-Nono-Grandpa: "Arrivederci." Don't look back.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 3, 2013. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968)

Monday, February 25, 2013

Obituary: Diane Janice (Schultz) Strassman - Class of 1970

OREGON - The beautiful life of Diane Janice (Schultz) Strassman, age 60, ended Feb. 23, 2013. She was surrounded and comforted by her family as she was listening to one of her favorite musicians, Tina Turner. Born April 16, 1952, in Madison, the third child of Donald and Eleanor (Lawry) Schultz, she graduated from Central High School in spring of 1970 and married her high school sweetheart Donald Strassman on Aug. 21, 1971. Diane and Don made life long careers together running an electrical business in the Madison area; Diane played a critical role as office manager of their self-started business, Capital City Electric. This allowed Diane to have a dual career as a stay-at-home and work-at-home Mom. Diane was often known to be up in the wee morning hours working the books for the business so that she could spend the days and nights providing a warm and loving home for her two children, and her four grandchildren who were the light of her life. Extended friends and family were always warmly welcomed into the home and many people think of Diane fondly as a "second mom" to them. Diane is famous for her singing skills, especially her ability to be the life of the party and find fun entertaining songs on Karaoke nights. She was a wonderful cook and enjoyed creating dishes with her husband to share with the family. She truly enjoyed sitting outside and looking at the birds and her flowers and sipping a martini with the love of her life, Don. Most of all she loved being with family - she will be greatly missed for her unconditional love for all people from her husband, to her daughters, to her sons-in-law, to her nieces and nephews, brother and sisters, and all of the friends of those people...Diane had one of the most kind and genuine hearts anyone has ever seen. Her smile, warmth and true passion for caring was contagious. We will let it be known though that if you were to enter into a snowball fight with her, you were bound to lose! Although Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS) made these things terrifically difficult for Diane to enjoy and partake in, everyone around her was moved by the strength and courage that she had to beat the disease for as long as she could. She is a gem, a true gift to the people who met her and to whom she was able to touch through the gift of her own life. Survivors include her husband of 41 years, Donald "Don" children Lynea (Aaron) LaVoy, Ashley (Brian) Anderson; grandchildren, Evelyn, Nolan and Alivia LaVoy, and Audrey Anderson; mother and father, Donald and Eleanor Schultz; brother, Gerald (Joan) Schultz; and sisters, Gloria (Tom) Swayzee and Karen (Dave) McGaw. She is further survived by her brother-in-law, David (Cheryl) Strassman; and sisters-in-law, Cindy (Roger) Beck, Cathy (Marva Becker) Strassman, Mary (Mark) Grosse, Christina (Jim) Nygren, and Lisa (Tom) Robson. Diane was preceded in death by her mother and father-in law, Grace and August Strassman. Funeral Services will be held at GUNDERSON OREGON FUNERAL HOME, 1150 Park St., Oregon, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. A visitation will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. and also on Thursday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Memorial contributions are welcome to the family in lieu of flowers. The family would like to thank Agrace HospiceCare for their support and care, with special thanks to mom's Valentine's Melissa, Amanda and Jessica. Diane requested that people not wear gloomy colors to her services! Online condolences may be made at Gunderson Oregon Funeral & Cremation Care 1150 Park St. (608) 835-3515

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on February 25, 2013. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968) 

 Diane Janice (Schultz) Strassman is a Madison Central High School alumna because she attended CHS for several years prior to transferring to James Madison Memorial High School, where she graduated in 1970, because Central closed in 1969.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Obituary: James Franklin, Jr. - Class of 1969

MADISON - James Franklin Jr. [age 63], also known as "Jun" passed away on Feb 11, 2013 at the Hyland Park of Sun Prairie Assisted Living facility after a very long illness.

He was born on Oct. 24, 1949, in Birmingham, Ala., the fifth of eight children born to James and Clara Franklin who came to Madison, in 1951. James Jr. attended Franklin Elementary School and was a [1969] graduate of Central High School where he excelled in track. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Army where he was promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant and served his country for 13 years.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Franklin Sr.; grandparents, Joseph Franklin, Eddie Jackson, Callie Jackson, Yancy Hill, Ollie Williams, Mary Lou Williams, the first born Franklin baby brother, Robert Franklin, and a younger sister, Callie Franklin-McIntyre. He leaves to mourn his passing his mother, Clara Mae Hill-Franklin of Madison; two sisters, Rosemary Franklin-Smith of Philadelphia, Pa., and Linda Franklin of Madison; three brothers, Joseph Franklin of Oshkosh, Larry (Doris) Franklin of Everett, Wash., and Jerome Franklin of Madison; Jun’s one and only son, Michael Franklin of Clarksville, Tenn.; and a host of grandchildren nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and acquaintances.

A memorial service will take place on Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at MOUNT ZION BAPTIST CHURCH, 2019 Fisher St., Madison, WI 53713 from 12 noon until 1:30 p.m. Cress Funeral & Cremation Services 3325 E. Washington Ave.

 Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on February 24, 2012. Submitted by Janet Stevens (Class of 1965) and Michale Vahldiek (Class of 1968).

Obituary: Frederick J. Hall - Class of 1944

EDGERTON - Frederick J. Hall, age 86, passed away at the Edgerton Memorial Hospital on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. He was born on June 21, 1926, in Madison, the son of John and Marie (Haack) Hall. [He was a 1944 graduate of Madison Central High School.] Fred was united in marriage with Beverly J. Weiser on May 18, 1991, at the Wisconsin State Capitol. He was employed with the City of Madison with the Madison Police Department, retiring as a Captain. Fred was a veteran of the Army Air Corp serving in World War II. Fred loved travelling and made many trips to Hawaii, Las Vegas, Florida and many other destinations. He enjoyed the theatre and was an avid fan of the Fireside Theatre and the Madison Civic Center. He rarely missed watching a Packers game, a Badgers football game or a Brewers game. Fred looked forward to Sunday family dinners and sharing stories about his life. He is survived by his wife, Beverly of Edgerton; his sisters, Genevieve Carlson, Lorraine Marvin, and sister-in-law, Gertrude Hall from Madison; his stepchildren, Craig DeVoy of Fort Atkinson and Shari Smith of Madison; his grandchildren, Craig, Julia and Devin; and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, Angeline; and brother, Bill. Honoring his wishes, there will be no formal funeral service. He was entombed at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, Madison. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road, Madison (608) 238-3434  

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on February 24, 2013. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968).

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Obituary: Marian Rae Mitchell - Class of 1963

MADISON - Marian Rae Mitchell, age 67, passed away peacefully at Karmenta Nursing & Rehab Retirement Home on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013. 

Marian was born in Madison, on Nov. 19, 1945, to parents, Raymond and Dorothy Mitchell and was baptized and confirmed at the South Shore Methodist Church. 

Marion is a [1963] graduate of Madison Central High School. After school, she worked as a daycare teacher, for hotels and had a passion for sewing. Marian would make wonderful embroidered gifts for her friends and family. She loved to frequent the library to escape into the fantasy of books. 

Marian's family would like to thank the staff at Karmenta for the care they have given her the past few years. Marian was preceded in death by her parents; her niece, Teresa; her nephew, Danny; her brother-in-law, Mr. "B"; her great-niece, Jessica; her aunt, Jewell and uncle, Milford and her aunt, Minnie and uncle, Weldon. 

Marian is survived by her sister, Holly; her nephews, Randy, Allen and Jamie; and her nieces, Jolene and Lisa. She is also survived by great-nieces and nephews; her great-great-nephews; and by her uncle, Melvin and aunt, Lila Ruth. 

Services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison. Marian will be laid to rest next to her parents at Forest Hill Cemetery, Madison, following the services. A visitation will be held at 10 a.m. until the time of services Wednesday at CRESS FUNERAL HOME. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434 Please 

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on January 27, 2013. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968)

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Obituary: Earl Edward "Buck" Church - Class of 1966

MADISON - Earl Edward "Buck" Church, age 64, passed away peacefully with all of his family by his side on Jan. 21, 2013.

 He was born on July 18, 1948 in Madison. Earl enjoyed his family, children and grandchildren. He loved Christmas the most, fishing, motorcycling and spending time in Wisconsin Dells with Sandy. He really enjoyed life to the fullest.

 He is survived by his wife, Sandy; his children, Michelle (Dave) Neumann, Sherry (Norbert) Sasek, Danielle (Greg) Miller and Tony Church; and the mother of his children, Lenille Church. He was also very proud of his grandchildren, Christopher, Justin, Brianna, Aaron, Angela, Brandon, Bailey, Dylan, Devin, Leshia, Terrell, Latasha and Cami and a soon to be born great-grandchild. He is also survived by his little sister, Pam Menning and we can’t forget his best friend, Duke (his dog) who was there to keep him company.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Angela; parents, Earl E. Church Sr., and Frances Splittgerber and his sister, Patricia Lichtenberg.

There will be a celebration of life at EVANGEL LIFE CENTER – Great Room, 4402 Femrite Drive, Madison on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, at 11 a.m. Pastor John Clark will officiate. A luncheon to follow at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, 2109 Bartillon Drive Madison.

In lieu of flowers or monetary gifts, please make donations in his memory to the Diabetic Foundation. Our family would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to the doctors and nurses at St. Mary’s Medical ICU, where they took exceptional care of our dad and we are forever grateful. Papa, we will always love you and we will miss you dearly. Love, Michelle, Sherry, Dani and Tony. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3325 E. Washington Ave. (608) 249-6666

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on January 23, 2013. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968)

Note: Earl Edward Church's class year is based on information in the 1966 Tychoberahn, which includes his photo amongst those of the graduating seniors.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Obiruary: James E. Lalley - Class of 1962

MAUSTON - James (Uncle Jimmy) E. Lalley, age 68, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, unexpectedly but peacefully surrounded by his family at UW Hospital-Madison.

Jim was born on May 19, 1944, in Madison to the parents of Daniel and Elizabeth Lalley. Jim graduated from Central High School and retired from many years of service to the State of Wisconsin.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Daniel and Elizabeth and brother John. Jim spent his entire life dedicated to helping others and was a great mentor to his special nephews and nieces.

Jim is survived by bothers, Daniel of Madison, David (Deborah) of Madison, Gerard and a sister, Sandra (Gary) McConochie of Madison. He is also survived by nephews, Ken (Jeanne) Lucht, Jason Lucht, Joe Lalley and Dan (Crystal) Lalley; and nieces, Jennifer Lucht, Dawn Lalley, Lisa Lalley and Jennifer Johnson; along with great-nephews, Jason Jr., Jacob, Dominic, Colin, Jaden, Irie, Zaiden, Joey and Gabe; and great-nieces, Jersie and Autumn.

 To honor Jim's wishes there will be no service or visitation. A small family gathering will take place in Mauston. The Crandall Funeral Home in Mauston is assisting the family. Memorials can be made to the American Lung Association. Special Thanks to the UW Hospital Cardiac Unit for their compassion and care of Jim and his family during this difficult time. "Jim, may you rest in PEACE."  

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on January 22, 2013. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968). 

 James Lalley's class year is based on information in the 1961 Tychoberahn, where his photograph is included amongst those of the juniors.