Monday, February 27, 2012

Obituary: Sara (Radbil) Schwartz

MADISON - Sara Schwartz, beloved wife of Robert; and devoted and loving mother to Lawrence (Barbara), Frederick (Sylvia) and Steven; and grandmother to Stephanie, Sydney and Alex Schwartz, passed away February 26, 2012, after an unexpected illness. Born on January 19, 1932, in Milwaukee, Sara graduated from the University of Wisconsin, and taught French and English at several area high schools, including Lodi, Madison Central, East, Memorial and West. Sara was a member of Beth Israel Center Synagogue. She was preceded in death by her parents, Abraham and Bella Radbil; and her older brother, David Radbil. Donations may be made in Sara's memory to Beth Israel Center in Madison. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at Cress Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison.  

Originally published on the Cress Funeral and Cremation website on February 27, 2012. Submitted by her son, Steve Schwartz.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Obituary: Gail Marsha (Lawrenz) Engler

CHILTON - Gail Marsha (Lawrenz) Engler, age 74, of Chilton, Wis., was born into eternal life Tuesday, May 3, 2011.

Gail was born March 18, 1937, daughter of the late Florence (Lucht) Lawrenz Schroeder and Royal H. Lawrenz, in South Milwaukee, and lived for a short time in Racine, before moving to Shorewood Hills in Madison. Gail was a 1955 Madison West High School graduate where she was active in leadership roles including Student Council as vice president, Girl Scouts, potlucks, church groups and the debate team. She went on to graduate from UW-Madison in 1959 with a major in history and English and a minor in Spanish. Her first job was as a teacher at Central High School in Madison.

She married William Engler Jr. on Aug. 29, 1959. Gail and Bill moved to Chilton, in 1961, where her husband began his legal career while Gail became a homemaker raising six children. Inspired by her own high school AFS (American Field Service) experience in Finland, Gail was an integral part of initiating the first AFS chapter in Chilton in 1961, a program that is still going strong today. In 1984, Gail joined P.E.O., Chapter AT, a favorite organization of her mother's, where women celebrate the advancement of women, educating through scholarships, grants, awards, loans and stewardship of Cottey College, as well as motivating women to achieve their highest aspirations. Gail was instrumental in the development and building of the Kaytee Avian Education Center in 1995. She was on the board of directors of the Chilton Camp Fire Girls and the North Eastern Wisconsin Land Trust. Gail also was a member of the Grants' Committee for both the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley, Region, Inc. and of the Chilton Area Community Foundation. Gail was selected as Chilton's "Distinguished Citizen of the Year" in 1982.

Gail was a member of Good Shepherd Parish (formerly St. Mary's). She shared her love of teaching history and her knowledge of her Catholic faith by serving as a CCD high school religious education teacher for many years. Her love of the performing arts and her interest in student development, led Gail and Bill to be major contributors to the Engler Center for Performing Arts, one of the finest performing arts' facilities in the area.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Obituary: L. Irene Buck

Funeral Services for L. Irene Buck Planned Tuesday

Funeral services for L. Irene Buck, 65, of 10017 Merrill Springs rd., supervisor of art in the Madison public schools for 30 years who died Saturday at a hospital here, will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Fitch-Lawrence funeral home with the Rev. Max Gaebler officiating.

Instrumental is developing art education in Madison, she was largely responsible for the annual Salon of School Art at the Madison Free Library.

Miss Buck became ill at her home two weeks ago and entered the hospital Monday.

Born in Lansing, Mich., she received an art degree from the Chicago Art Institute in 1910. After further work at Columbia University she taught at Hillside school near Spring Green -- the buildings that now house Frank Lloyd Wright's School at Taliesin. Later she taught at Park Ridge, Ill. and then came to Madison high school (now Central).

Her philosophy of teaching was the encouragement of creativeness through freedom of expression, rather than through strict discipline.

When she was teaching in Madison, she took advanced courses at the University of Wisconsin and Columbia.

Miss Buck is a past president of the Madison Art Assn. of which she was an active member, and she had also been president of Altrusa.

Surviving is one brother, Carroll W. Buck, of Chicago, Ill.

Friends are requested to omit flowers and asked to donate to the American Cancer Society instead.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on February 15, 1953. At this time, obituaries were still "news stories," written by newspaper staff, not families.

Monday, December 29, 2008

Obituary: Thomas Lloyd Jones

Thomas Lloyd Jones is Dead

University Official, Former Central High School Head Succumbs at Age of 60

Illness of Two Weeks Takes Life of U.W. High School Relations Director; Served Four Years as Principal Here, 17 Years at University; Came of Prominent Wisconsin Family

Prof. Thomas Lloyd Jones, 60, Nakoma, member of the University of Wisconsin Department of education for the last 17 years and for four years principal of Madison Central high school, died at a Madison hospital about 6 a.m. today.

He entered the hospital early last week for an operation for the removal of gall stones, but his weakened condition would not permit it.

Since that time he has steadily grown weaker and his death had been expected almost hourly for the last two days.

Kin Nationally Known
Professor Jones, whose lifetime was devoted to educational work, came of a large family which has produced a line of nationally known men and women in the fields of education, religion, art and letters.

He was born Dec. 19, 1870 at Hillside, son of John Lloyd Jones and grandson of Richard Lloyd Jones, a Welshman who settled near Spring Green in 1844. The five sons and two daughters of pioneer Richard all grew up to establish homes in the community.

Jenkin Lloyd Jones, famous as a preacher and lecturer, was an uncle of Professor Jones. Chester Lloyd Jones, professor in the commerce school at the university; Richard Lloyd Jones, former publisher of The State Journal; and Frank Lloyd Wright, architect, are cousins.

Central Principal
For four years Mr. Jones was principal of Madison Central high school, but for the past 17 years he has been a member of the University of Wisconsin faculty. While he was an associate professor of education, his work was largely outside the classroom.

As head of the department of high school relations, he was chief medium of contact between the university and the secondary schools of the state.

He was an advocate of the belief that high schools should train their graduates along lines that would fit them to tackle life's problems without the absolute necessity of higher education.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Obituary: Donald A. Wendt

MADISON-Donald A. Wendt was born March 29, 1920, to Anna and Ted Wendt in Marshfield. He died July 24, 2008, at his home at Oakwood Village West. Don grew up in Marshfield with his sisters Betty and Ruth and his brothers Bill and Ted. He played baseball, worked on his grandparents' farm and just generally enjoyed his boyhood growing up in Marshfield. He graduated from Marshfield's McKinley High School in 1938 and enrolled in the Business Institute of Milwaukee. He was drafted into the U.S. Army (March 29, 1942) and after a brief educational deferment he enlisted in the Army and began his military training at Camp Swift, Texas. After serving in the Military Police and promotions to corporal and sergeant, he was appointed to Officer's Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. He received his commission as a second lieutenant and was assigned as a platoon leader with the 90th Division. He participated in the Normandy invasion, landing on Utah Beach June 6, 1944. After his platoon participated intaking the towns of Chef du Mont and Picauville, Don was seriously wounded by a mortar round near St. Mere Eglise on June 11. He survived his wounds thanks to excellent battlefield medical care and received the Purple Heart Medal. After recovering from his wounds, he was assigned to non-combat positions in England and France until the end of the war. He was extremely proud of his participation in The Greatest Generation. He married fellow Marshfield native Alta M. Kuethe in August 1946 in the chapel at Luther Memorial Church in Madison. Don earned his bachelor of science degree in American Institutions from the University of Wisconsin on the G.I. Bill and then taught at Oshkosh Senior High for two years. He was called for active duty in Korea but failed his military physical due to his war wounds. Don moved his family from Oshkosh to Madison in 1952, where he taught at Central High School for 11 years. While teaching, he earned his master of science degree in educational administration at the UW-Madison. He was appointed an assistant principal and later a grade principal at LaFollette High School in Madison and served in those positions for 17 years. As a teacher and administrator he also served as the executive director of the Wisconsin Association of Student Councils for more than a decade, organizing and leading dozens of leadership workshops in Wisconsin and around the country under the auspices of the National Association of Student Councils, and serving as a mentor to countless students and fledgling youth leaders. In June 1980, he retired after 30 years in the field of education. Don enjoyed a wonderful retirement traveling, golfing, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. During his retirement years he served for nearly two decades as president of the Madison Area Retiree Golf Association (MARGA). He and Alta delivered Meals on Wheels for many years and Don continued on after Alta's death in 2003 until 2007. He worked part-time at Oakwood Village West driving the bus and taking residents on various outings. He was recognized in 1999 for his efforts as the first runner-up for the Dane County Older Worker of the Year Award. He continued to be involved in the Association of Wisconsin School Administrators. Don was outgoing and enjoyed life to its fullest with a sense of humor and a deep devotion to family and friends. He was a man of deep and abiding faith and he and Alta were longtime members of Luther Memorial Church where Don served several terms as council president and in various other leadership positions. Don is survived by his son, Keith (Linda) of Waunakee; daughter, Gail (John Conforti) of Fairfax, Va.; granddaughters, Jennifer (Jay) Bjorklund of Westby, and Holly (Aaron) Crowser of Chippewa Falls; grandson, Josh (Beth) Wendt of Madison; great-grandchildren, Luke and Zachary Bjorklund, Andrew and Grace Crowser, and Josie Wendt; his brother, Ted (Margaret) of Louisville, Ky.; and brother-in-law, Gerald Beauchaine of Madison. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Alta; his brother, Bill; and sisters, Betty (Trierweiler) and Ruth (Beauchaine). He also had two stepgranddaughters, Heather (Roger) Nowakowski and Allison (Scott) Lynn of Aldie, Va., and their children Emma and Roger Jr. Nowakowski and Rachel Lynn. A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 30, 2008, at LUTHER MEMORIAL CHURCH, 1021 University Ave., Madison, with Pastor Brad Pohlman officiating. Burial will take place at Hillside Cemetery in Marshfield and at the Columbarium in Luther Memorial Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made in Don's name to Luther Memorial Church or The Oakwood Foundation.Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 29, 2008

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Obituary: Elizabeth Ann Franklin Jallings

MADISON - Elizabeth Ann Franklin Jallings, born June 9, 1916, passed away on Saturday, April 5, 2008, in Madison. Betty was the oldest daughter of the late Newton L. and Bertha E. Franklin. She had two sisters, Ruth Louise, born 1919, died 2001, and Susan Elvira, born 1920, died 1926. The family lived in Madison, where Betty graduated from West High School in 1934. Then they moved to rural Oregon and built a home in which four generations of the family have now now lived. Betty graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1938, where she studied modern dance, music, and visual arts. She and her future husband, Jack Kirkland Jallings, met at a Spanish Club Halloween party at the First Congregational Church. Betty was dressed as a gypsy, and Jack, always a romantic, went home that night and told his brother, Charlie that he had met the girl he wanted to marry. And marry they did, on Aug. 17, 1940. They lived in Chicago, where they were involved in working for social justice, racial and religious tolerance, and community support for families in the housing projects of Chicago's south side. Betty created a world full of the arts for her three girls, and later her son: music, visual arts, puppetmaking, crafts, dance, creative drama, and storymaking, all enhanced by visits to museums and summers spent in Wisconsin with grandparents and cousins. A lifelong bookaholic, Betty also loved classical music and was a talented artist; her work was featured in a number of Madison art exhibits. She illustrated several books of Wisconsin pioneer stories. The family moved to Oregon in 1954, where their only son was born. Betty was involved in community groups, especially 4-H and Girl Scouts, worked at the State Training School for Girls, cultivated large vegetable gardens, and collected a menagerie of assorted animals. Betty returned to the UW-Madison for a master's in education in 1964. She taught English briefly at Central High School, then for many years at Madison Area Technical College. Betty was an active member of the American Federation of Teachers, a board member of the YWCA in Madison, and president of the local chapter of the Women's International League of Peace and Freedom. She spoke articulately and worked with total commitment to peace and justice, taking her children and then her grandchildren on various marches and demonstrations across the country. Both Betty and Jack were members of the First Unitarian Society and founding members of the Prairie Unitarian-Universalist Society. They traveled the world, taking photographs and collecting art, crafts and books of every description. In 2000, they moved to the Meriter Retirement Center. An intelligent, independent, artistic and articulate woman, Betty was very much her mother Bertha Englund Franklin's daughter. In turn she raised her children to value family, education and the arts, to believe in and think for themselves, and to work for positive change in their society and the world. Betty is survived by her husband of nearly 68 years, Jack; children, Susan Daniel of Toronto, Canada, Nancy Walsh of Oregon, Rebecca Jallings of Madison, and Jonathan Jallings of Oregon; as well as 12 grandchildren and their familes: Peter Daniel (Marcia) and son, Alastair of Toronto, Jennifer Daniel Duckering (Brent) and sons, Zachary and Matthew of San Diego, Calif., Kerri McCabe (Andrew) and children, Katie, Kylie, Liam of Patchogue, N.Y., Jessica Jallings Gomez (Brian) and daughter, Emily of Delafield, Kelly Walsh of Nashville, Tenn., Marissa Walsh of Annapolis, Md., Joshua Walsh and Eric Walsh of Loganville, Ga., Stacy Sandler and sons, Kyle and Taylor of Madison, Geoffrey Sandler (Karen) and children, Ryan and Jenna of Madison, Claire Sandler (Michael Kramer) and daughter Daisy of South Bend, Ind., and Lili Sandler (Zeb Page) and sons, Jack and Milo of Oberlin, Ohio; and many extended family members, friends and former colleagues across the U.S. The family would like to thank the many dedicated and caring staff at the Meriter Retirement Center who made Betty's eight years there so comfortable and pleasant. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 14, 2008, at 2 p.m. in the GRAND HALL at the MERITER RETIREMENT CENTER. Donations in Betty's memory should be made to the American Indian "College Fund," P.O. Box 172449, Denver, CO 80217-9797 or "I shall pass through this world but once. Any good therefore that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again." Mahatma Gandhi. Cress Funeral and Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Rd. (608) 238-3434

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Obituary: George Harvey Shands

MADISON/ VILLAGE OF SHOREWOOD HILLS - George Harvey Shands, age 68, died at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center in Fitchburg on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2005, from complications associated with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. He was the second child born to Ruebush G. Shands and Elizabeth (Henry) Shands on Sept. 16, 1937, at Madison General Hospital in Madison. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Joan (Bures) Shands. They met at the Memorial Union while students at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and married on Aug. 13, 1966. He is also survived by his two daughters, Rebecca Shands of Denver, and Susan Shands of Madison; his brother, Henry (Katherine) Shands of Fort Collins, Colo.; his sister, Harriet Shands of Bradenton, Fla.; his brother-in-law, Kenneth (Madelon) Bures of Marblehead, Mass.; and his aunts, Jobelle Shands of Shorewood Hills, and Martha (Henry) Shirkey of Lawton, Mich. He is further survived by cousins, nieces, a nephew and many friends. George attended Shorewood Hills Elementary School and graduated from Madison West High School, Class of 1955. He attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in American history in 1963, followed by graduate work. He taught social studies, with a concentration in American history and psychology, for 30 years through the Madison Metropolitan School District. He was a teacher at Madison East High School for 27 years, and was proud of developing an innovative community issues program for seniors called "WalkAbout." George was a lifelong member of First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ of Madison, where he was baptized and confirmed. It was the most important institution in his life, where he served in many capacities: as moderator, on boards and committees, developing and interpreting the constitution and by-laws, researching and documenting the church's history, and singing bass in the church choir. George steadfastly believed what Reverend John Robinson said to the Pilgrims leaving for the new world, "More light and truth shall break forth from God's word." George had been a licensed amateur ("ham") radio operator for more than 50 consecutive years, operating under the call letters W9WUU. He resumed operating in earnest after his retirement in 1996, enjoying "DXing" and contesting. He was a member and served on the board of Four Lakes Amateur Radio Club (FLARC) and also belonged to the DX club. He enjoyed many close friendships through his involvement with ham radio. George was a longtime member of the Southern Historical Association and the Augusta Richmond County (Georgia) Historical Society. He took great pleasure in the pursuit of family history, and was entrusted with keeping many family photographs, portraits, heirlooms and stories. His genealogical work lead him to explore his Southern roots, writing and presenting papers on his findings. He spent much time visiting courthouses, genealogy centers, libraries and cemeteries to gather family information. One of George's great loves in life was music. He enjoyed listening to classical, opera, folk, jazz and bluegrass and attending live performances. He played the piano, trombone, dulcimer, banjo and sang, collecting many antique and unique instruments along the way. Fueled by his faith and a sense of moral duty, George was deeply engaged in the struggle for civil rights and social justice in the 60s and onward. He supported many worthy causes with his time, wisdom and generosity. George will be greatly missed by his devoted family and many wonderful friends. The family wishes to express its deepest gratitude for the care provided by the doctors, nurses, CNAs, ICMs, and support staff of Meriter Hospital and HospiceCare Inc. during his final days. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, Nov. 13, 2005, at 2:30 p.m. at FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH, UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST, 1609 University Ave., at Breese Terrace. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to First Congregational Church UCC or to HospiceCare Inc., 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711, or to the charitable organization of your choice. Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on November 11, 2005

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Obituary: Marie Garness

MADISON - Marie Helen Garness was born Sept. 22, 1939, in Fond du Lac, the only child of Hart and Cecilia Urban Garness. As a child she studied music, playing the piano and cello. Her favorite was the trumpet, playing along with Harry James and Louis Armstrong records. She spent long happy summers on the family farm in Wild Rose, playing alongside her many cousins. She graduated from Goodrich High School in Fond du Lac, in 1957, and came to Madison to attend the University of Wisconsin. She was president of the Alpha Chi Omega sorority and was involved with music and theater on campus, working for several years on Humorology, the student-produced comedy review. For Marie, being a teacher was not her job, it was her identity. Her first assignment as an English teacher was at Central High School in Madison. She considered it one of the happiest times of her life. Recently she attended a reunion of some of her Central High students. When Central closed in 1969, she transferred to West High, and then to Memorial High School, where she taught until her retirement in 1989. Everywhere she taught, she loved working on the staging and directing of musicals, working until she was exhausted on productions of Mame, Annie Get Your Gun, Pippin and many others. She brought her love of musicals and films to the classroom and introduced film units into the high school English curriculum. When she retired, Marie could still remember the name of almost every student she had ever taught. She adored movies of all kinds, but was especially fond of musicals. She was a long time devoted Judy Garland and Liza Minnelli fan. She loved crossword puzzles, cooking, gardening, basking in the sun, reading, especially mysteries, and floating in her swimming pool. She loved meeting new people and figuring out what made them tick. She enjoyed travel, though it was difficult for her, and had made several trips to New York City. She had planned many trips including the South Carolina sea islands and even China and Africa, but was never able to go. Marie had endured breast cancer and very proudly wore her seven year survivor pin. Her numerous friends, former students, fellow teachers and dedicated medical providers will remember the best things about her: the intense spark of her creativity, enthusiasm and wit, her generous nature, and her compassion and concern for others. Marie suffered her entire adult life with bipolar depression and other aspects of mental illness. Over time her illness made her world smaller and more difficult, made relationships with friends and family increasingly difficult, took away her ability to do things she loved and burdened her daily life with numerous obstacles. After a life long struggle with mental illness, she ended her own life on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2007. Many who knew Marie have said that they feel guilt or regret for not being able to help her, wishing they had done more. A fitting tribute to Marie would be to channel those regrets into something positive by helping out as you can, do a kindness for a friend, a neighbor or even a stranger. Friends, colleagues, and former students are invited to share in the celebration of Marie's life on Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2007, from 4 p.m to 6 p.m. at the OAKWOOD RETIREMENT CENTER - WEST, 5205 Mineral Point Road. Please enter the main entrance of the Heritage Building.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 23, 2007

Update: Notes from the celebration of Marie's life on October 3, 2007:

The photo on the left is a photo of some of the many photos of Marie's life and career as a teacher than were on display at the celebration of her life. I'll be adding some more photos from the display, as well as some photographs of some of the people who attended the celebration to the Central Alumni Flickr account.

Susan Brockett (Class of 1967) was unable to attend the celebration, but she did write something to be read on her behalf. I'm reproducing Susan's essay about Marie, since it certainly addresses the fond feelings she and many of her classmates had for a teacher who touched their lives in meaningful and unexpected ways:

Here I am, 43 years later, writing something because of Marie Garness. The former time is vivid for me.

Sophomore year. I wrote a piece on To Kill a Mockingbird, and I tried to do more than "enough", I tried to excel. Marie read it, perceived what I was trying to do, and told me I owed it to myself to work at my writing, but then she went a step further, as only she could have. She said that if a I wrote a journal, she would too, and we could compare. I was amazed and inspired – a teacher inviting me into the adult world, treating me as an adult, and expecting me to rise to the situation. I have no idea how many times I have told this story to people I have met, to give them an idea of what wonderful teachers I had, and Miss Garness was one of the best.

That was who Maudie Garness was for me – a teacher, but also a person – an adult who was willing to invite us, her students, into her world and treat us as adults. There are so many other memories:

  • The times a bunch of us just stopped by her house on a Friday or Saturday evening…uninvited, just to say hi. And she invited us in, sat and talked, and treated us as she would any friends who stopped in.

  • the play, where she was a central pivot of the whole team, teaching us the joy of creation, of teamwork and hard work, and the satisfaction of a job well done.

These are the pictures that come to min mind, as I try to share in your memorial, although I can't be there…

  • Marie, standing in row 3, yelling "entrance stage right!", gesturing up at the stage in the old, dusty, brown auditorium.

  • Marie on stage, playing jazz on her trumpet, with Mr. Schenk on the piano. Shocking us all that teachers could be so COOL.

  • Marie laughing in her living room, at one of Sid Iwanter's routines.

…and Marie talking with us all a the reunion and picnic so recently, helping us retain a link to who we were 40 years ago, and maybe helping us see who we are now.

We must all acknowledge the pain she lived with and that caused her to decide that she had had enough,

But even more, we need to remember the life she lived, and the lives she touched.

– Susan Brockett (or as Maudie would say, Brocksy)

Friday, June 08, 2007

Obituary: Mariam (Cook) Lichte

WAUNAKEE/ LODI - Miriam Lichte, age 85, died Tuesday, June 5, 2007, at St. Mary's Hospital. She was born Feb. 15, 1922, to Cecil and Isabelle (Collins) Cook on Gastrow Road in the West Point Township. Miriam graduated from Lodi High School in 1938, then attended college in Whitewater for a year, followed by a year at Madison Business College. She worked in the office at Central High School until she married Ray W. Lichte, Feb. 19, 1944. They farmed on Quietdale Farm, three miles west of Lodi on Reynolds Road, until 1983, moving to Waunakee in 1989, when they sold the farm. Miriam was a sweet, unassuming woman with a quiet, peaceful demeanor. She loved her family and gave of herself without complaint. She was active in her church teaching Sunday school, serving as an elder and was a member of the Presbyterian Women's Organization. Miriam was known for her wonderful cooking, her hospitality and charity. Even though she had no musical talents of her own to speak of, she loved music and made sure that her children cultivated their musical talents and their love for music. Miriam believed in the importance of a good education and encouraged her children to make the most of theirs while allowing each of them to follow their own interests. Miriam is survived by son, Ed Lichte and his children, Stephanie (Doug) Goodsell, Tim (Larisa) Lichte and Marcus Lichte, all of Fort Worth, Texas; son, John (Wende) Lichte of Abuja, Nigeria and his children, Luke Lichte of Madison, Nikki Lichte of LaCrosse and step-daughter, Brandie (Tom) Wolff of Sheboygan; daughter, Judy (Dave) Kopp and their sons, Chris and Jordan, all of Waunakee; as well as special family member, Mark (Leisa) Heimbecker of Lodi, (who worked and lived with Ray and Miriam for 14 years) and their children, Clint and Carly. She is also survived by two step-great-granddaughters, Lucy and Amelia Wolff and sister-in-law, Florence Brown of Lodi and her children, Jim (Marcia) Brown, Linda (Herb) Damsteegt, Tom (Liz) Brown and Donna (Dave) Rimple. Miriam was preceded in death by her husband, Ray on May 20, 1999; by her parents; an infant brother, Robert; grandson, Andy Lichte; and brother-in-law, Roy Brown. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2007, at the FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH in Lodi, with the Rev. Gretchen Lord Anderson and Elder Marie Langeteig officiating. Friends may call from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, June 8, 2007, at the HAMRE FUNERAL HOME in Lodi, and from 10 a.m. until the services on Saturday at the church. The family suggests memorials to the First Presbyterian Church in Lodi. Hamre Funeral Home Lodi

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 8, 2007

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Obituary: Frank C. Lindl

MADISON - Frank C. Lindl, age 85, died on Tuesday, June 5, 2007, at his home. He was born in Milwaukee, Aug. 30, 1921, the son of Frank and Julia (Wimmer) Lindl. He attended Riverside High School. After the attack on Pearl Harbor he volunteered to go into the U.S. Army. After training he was sent down to safeguard the Panama Canal and was the Post Sergeant Major for four years. After returning home he was among the G.I.'s who swarmed the campus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Frank earned his master's degree in art education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, in 1949 and pursued a teaching career. He taught at Madison Area Technical College and was in the Madison School District for 39 years. He taught at Central High School, started the Art Department at Lafollette High School, was assistant principal at West High School and ended his career as Fine Arts Coordinator. Frank enjoyed coaching football, wrestling and tennis. He was an avid gardener and enjoyed sharing his produce with friends, family and neighbors. Frank was noted for his tomatoes, fruit trees, wine, cooking, picture framing and his humor. He was a founding member of St. Maria Goretti Church and Friendship Force of Wisconsin. Survivors include his wife, whom he married 60 years ago, Margo; his children, Dennis (Yvonne), Beth Lindl (David Drake), Barbara DeJongh (Kurt) and John (Cyndi); grandchildren, Bryan, Abbie, Rachel and Molly; and two sisters, Anita and Betty. He was preceded in death by two sons, David and Jamie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. MARIA GORETTI CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5313 Flad Ave., Madison, on Friday, June 8, 2007, at 11 a.m. Monsignor Michael Burke will officiate with burial in Resurrection Cemetery. Friends and relatives may call from 9:30 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the church on Friday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to HospiceCare, Friendship Force of Wisconsin, St. Maria Goretti Parish and Parkinson's research. A special thanks to caregivers, So and Dave and all of the people at HospiceCare. Joyce-Ryan Funeral Home and Cremation Services 5701 Odana Road (608) 274-1000

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 7, 2007