Sunday, February 07, 2016

Obituary: Thomas J Hoffman - Class of 1965

MADISON - Thomas J. Hoffman, age 68, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, while on vacation in Orlando, Fla., from complications of Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. Tom was born on Aug. 26, 1947, in Madison, Wis., the son of Rupert and Lillian (Warzeka) Hoffman. He graduated from Central High School, class of 1965. Tom worked at Engineering Industries in Verona, Wis., for almost 40 years. He loved going to the movies, finding out about his ancestry, and going on vacation, especially Disney Cruises. Tom spent most of his free time adoring his great-great-nephews, Dontay and Jordan (whom resided with him). Survivors include his sister, Diane Imhoff and brother, Jeff (Diane) Hoffman; nieces and nephews, Doug, Pam (Randi), Vicky (William), and Shawna (Eric); great-nieces and nephews, Ryan, Brandon, Jessica, Alicia (Spencer), Brittany, Justin, Briana, Sandra, Kyle, Maguire, Beckett, and Declan; great-great-niece and nephews, Dontay, Dionna, Jordan, Laila, Rylee, and Sam; and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, Rupert and Lillian; sister, Sandra; and niece, Kristi. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. BERNARD CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2450 Atwood Ave., Madison, on Friday, Feb. 12, 2016, at 11 a.m. with Father Michael Radowicz officiating. A visitation will be held at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave. in Madison, on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Another visitation will take place at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be held at Highland Memory Gardens.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on February 7, 2016. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968)

Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Obituary: Steven M. Fix - Class of 1965

MADISON - Steven M. Fix, age 69, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. He was born Jan. 11, 1947, in Madison, the son of Phillip and Eileen (Runey) Fix. He graduated from Central High School in 1965 and from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater in 1969 majoring in History with minors in Geography and Secondary Education. He earned a Masters of Science in Cartography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976.

Steve taught history classes at Tomah High School from 1969 to 1974. While at Tomah, Steve met Mary Fonstad. They were married on April 1, 1972. Steve taught geography at Southern Connecticut State College in New Haven Connecticut from 1976 and 1977 and worked for the Department of Defense in St. Louis, Mo., from 1977 to 1978.

Steve began a 30 year career with the State of Wisconsin in 1979 working on environmental issues with the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection and the Public Service Commission. He continued to be active in the environmental arena after retirement working on a water resource management plan, a lake restoration project, and rain gardens. He was a citizen member of three City of Madison committees: the Board of Public Works, Long Range Transportation Planning Committee, and was Chair of the City's Committee on the Environment.

Steve had lifelong interests in Russian history, maps of all kinds, water resources, traveling back roads, visiting major and minor league baseball parks, birding, hiking in the woods, singing in the symphony and opera choruses and getting to wear great hats in opera productions, being kind to cats and dogs, playing sheepshead and bridge and chocolate desserts (without peanut butter, please).

Steve is survived by his wife of 43 years, Mary; children, Peter Fix and Ann (Fix) Taillon; grandchildren, Kyria and Liam Taillon; mother, Eileen Fix; brother, Stanley Fix; and sister, Linda (Fix) Guerin. He was preceded in death by his father, Phillip Fix.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison. A visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of the service on Saturday at the funeral home. The family invites you for dessert and coffee immediately following the service at the funeral home.

Those wishing to express their sympathy with a memorial may wish to consider contributing to Opera for the Young, Madison Community Foundation, Foundation for Madison Public Schools, Madison Urban Ministry or Second Harvest.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on February 2, 2016. Submitted by Sidney Iwanter (Class of 1967).

Obituary: Michael N. Meddings - Class of 1968

MADISON - Michael Norris Meddings, age 67, of Madison, passed away on Thursday evening, Sept. 18, 2014, at Agrace HospiceCare, following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was born on Dec. 4, 1947, in Madison, the middle son of William T. and Agnes M. (Lovick) Meddings. He grew up in the Isthmus and graduated from Madison Central High School in 1967. He enlisted in the U.S. Army following high school and served a total of four years on active duty including service in Germany and two tours in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division. While in Vietnam, he was awarded a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Clusters, (two awards), an Air Medal, and two Army Commendation Medals. He was an active member of VFW Post 8483 and American Legion Post 481. After completing his military service he returned to Madison, attending school for a brief time on the GI Bill before securing employment with the City of Madison Streets Department. He retired from City employment in 2002, but not before acquiring the nickname "Squirrel", a moniker which persisted long after his retirement. He was a friend to all he worked with, a proud Union member, and enjoyed getting together with fellow retirees at numerous "social clubs" on the east side. His true legacy will remain the love and care he provided his mother, whom he visited on a daily basis until her passing in 2011. He is survived by the "love of his life", Jean Robinson of Madison; his canine companions, "PJ", "Gizmo" and "Mr. Pugsly"; brother, William T. (Jillaine) Meddings of Cross Plains; sister, Sonja L. Hildestad of Madison; brother, Mark P. Meddings of Sun Prairie; as well as five nephews, three nieces and a host of friends too numerous to count. He was preceded in death by both parents, a grandnephew and too many of his fellow serving soldiers. Funeral services will be held at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, on Thursday, Sept. 25, 2014, at 7 p.m., with pastor Chad Christensen presiding. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until the time of service. Interment will be with his parents in the mausoleum at Roselawn Memorial Park in Madison. This will be a private service for family and close friends. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Agrace HospiceCare or the Dane County Humane Society. A celebration of Mike's life will be held at a later date at VFW Post 8483. The family would like to thank the staff at University Hospital in Madison and especially the staff at Agrace HospiceCare for their care and compassion. We are blessed to have these wonderful resources here in Madison. Special thanks to dear friends, Jim and Patty Back, who accommodated all of his needs for transportation, love and companionship during the most difficult days of his struggle. "It is strange how one can feel both at the same time. My life, in a physical sense, is truly insignif- icant. As a tiny finite in all mea- sures compared to the infinite, I'm insignificant. At the same time, I can feel significance in be- ing linked to the infinite power, knowledge, love and presence of the Lord. Being personally known by and having interaction with the Creator brings significance. I didn't deserve the status of such significance, I didn't earn it. At best, I simply yielded to a role that I didn't fully understand in life. Understanding that one has a role in something infinite is a source of peace. My physical body felt the effects of age and disease. My mental being was prone to taking leaves of absence. My spiritual being is feeling rather healthier."

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 21, 2014. Submitted by Michael Vahldieck (Class of 1968).

Note: The graduation year given in the obituary may be incorrect. Mike Meddings is listed as a member of the Class of 1968 in both the Tychoberahn yearbook and the 1968 list of Madison Central High School graduates published in The Capital Times.