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.