Monday, February 27, 2012
Originally published on the Cress Funeral and Cremation website on February 27, 2012. Submitted by her son, Steve Schwartz.
Thursday, May 05, 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
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
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.
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
Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 29, 2008
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Sunday, December 16, 2007
Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on November 11, 2005
Sunday, September 23, 2007
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
Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 8, 2007
Thursday, June 07, 2007
Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on June 7, 2007