Albrecht, Nancy J.
MIDDLETON/ VERONA - Nancy J. Albrecht, age 49, lost her battle with cancer on Wednesday, July 27, 2005, with her family by her side. She was born on Feb. 10, 1956, in Madison, the daughter of Fred and Hilda (Furrer) Theiler. A 1974 graduate of Madison West High, Nancy went on to further her education at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, where she earned a B.A. in biology in 1978. She was united in marriage to Jeff Albrecht on Oct. 14, 1978, in Madison. Nancy's life centered around her family. She was very active in her children's lives, including being a Brownie and Girl Scout leader, a teacher's assistant, a PTO member, a Sunday school teacher, a frequent chaperone on school trips and a Church Youth Group Advisor. Nancy loved flowers, skiing, traveling and was an avid outdoor enthusiast. In addition to her husband of 26 years, Jeff, she is survived by their children, Becky, a junior at Luther College and Carrie, a senior at Middleton High School; her parents, Fred and Hilda Theiler of Madison; and a brother, Rick Theiler of Scottsdale, Ariz. Funeral services will be held at ST. LUKE'S LUTHERAN CHURCH, 7337 Hubbard Ave., Middleton, at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, with the Rev. Cynthia Ganzkow-Wold presiding. Burial will be in the Verona Cemetery. Family and friends may call from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, 2005, at the GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL HOME, 7435 University Ave. (near Parmenter Street), Middleton. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to an education fund in the name of Becky and Carrie Albrecht, in care of, Chase Bank, 602 N. Highpoint Road, Madison, WI 53717.
Gunderson West Funeral & Cremation Centers 7435 University Ave. (608) 831-6761 www.gundersonfh.com
Barlow, Judith Elaine
(Sachtjen)MADISON - Judith Elaine (Sachtjen) Barlow, age 70, passed away on Tuesday, July 26, 2005. She was born on Sept. 12, 1934, in Madison, the daughter of Glenn and Marie (Anderson) Sachtjen. Judy graduated from Madison East High School in 1952. She married Kenneth Barlow on June 19, 1954. They celebrated 51 years of marriage and had six children. Judy loved her ceramics, flower gardening, horses, her four dogs and three cats. She is survived by her husband, Ken of Madison; six children, Barbara (David) Joppa of Sun Prairie, Bruce (Jean) Barlow of Waukesha, Brian (Merry) Barlow of Cottage Grove, Beth (Jim) Bingham of Monona, Brad (Tammy) Barlow of Madison, and Becky Barlow of Madison; 11 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. Judy was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Douglas Sachtjen. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, with the Rev. Cal Steiner presiding. Entombment will be at Roselawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, July 31, 2005.
Binkowski, Carol A.
LAS VEGAS, NEV. - Carol Binkowski, age 65, passed away at Summerlin Hospital in Las Vegas, Nev., after a courageous struggle with a lengthy illness. Carol was born on Aug. 5, 1939, in Chicago, Ill., the youngest child of Harry and Olga (Lind) McDade. Carol loved to laugh and spend time with her family and friends that she acquired everywhere she visited. She took joy in crocheting, sewing, gardening and creating with her hands. Carol owned several businesses and worked very hard to support and provide for her children. Family was of the greatest importance to her. Watching her children and grandchildren grow gave her special joy in life. Her health failed but her stubborn Leo spirit endured. Carol will live on in the stories and memories shared by her friends and family but her gentle presence will be missed. Carol is survived by her adult children, Kimberly (David) Swarthout of Madison, Kevin (Kelley) Gregor of Las Vegas, Michael Gregor of Elkhorn, Laureen (Anthony) Pastorello of Las Vegas and Lynette Graf of Las Vegas; and her second husband, James Binkowski of Minocqua. She is preceded in death by her parents; and siblings, Alice Anderson and George McDade. Carol will be dearly missed by her grandchildren, Mark, Jacquelyn, Nicholas, Ashley and Adison. "And now the end is near, And so I face the final curtain, My friends, I'll say it clear, I'll state my case of which I'm certain. I've lived a life that's full, I've traveled each and evr'y highway, And more, much more than this, I did it my way."- Paul Anka
Clearfield, Gertrude Osborn
SPRING GREEN - Gertrude Osborn Clearfield, age 88, died Thursday, July 28, 2005, of natural causes, at her home in Spring Green, surrounded by family and friends. She was born on Jan. 10, 1917, in Indianapolis, Ind., of Quaker heritage. Her grandfather, Charles Worth Osborn, was a major Quaker abolitionist pioneer in the mid-1800s. Gertrude was the daughter of William and Achsah Osborn, and attended Short Ridge High School and Earlham College, where she majored in science. Working as a lab technician in Indianapolis, she met her husband, Elvin Clearfield, professional clarinetist, while drawing his blood. After a few dates, they were married four months later. She taught high school science and English 20 years in Maryland public schools. Following the tradition of her mother, Gertrude became a master quilter and taught classes on the art of quilting at Madison Area Technical College. She loved opera, birds, music, art and literature; and was a voracious reader and avid bridge player. Gertrude is survived by her five children, Martin (Bonnie) of Gillingham, Wis., Richard (Paula) of Dallas, Texas, Ronald (Rachael) of Asheville, N.C., Douglas of Bethesda, Md., and Susan (Jim) of Spring Green; a nephew, William Osborn; several great nephews and great nieces; 12 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren. A Quaker memorial service planned for Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, at UNITY CHAPEL in Spring Green, south of Spring Green on Highway 23, left on Highway T. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the American Friends Society or a charity of your choice. Call family for details, (608) 669-0689.
Cooper, Ivan Don
RICHLAND CENTER - Ivan Don Cooper, age 85, of Richland Center died Friday, July 29, 2005, at his residence. He was born April 23, 1920, in Bloom City, the son of Fred and Byrle (Borland) Cooper. On Aug. 15, 1942, Ivan married Francis Cooper. Ivan worked as a teacher in Richland County schools for many years and later held administrative positions in Belmont and South Wayne-Gratiot (Black Hawk), Wisconsin schools. Ivan and Francis lived 33 years in Monroe, before moving to Schmitt Woodland Hills Retirement Center in Richland Center on October 2002. Ivan and Francis would have celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary in August, this year. Ivan is survived by his wife of 62 years, Francis; three children, Larry (Christine) Cooper of Rosendale, Wis., Connie (Harlan) Hackbarth of Allenton, Wis. and Karen (Wayne) Bender of Little Suamico, Wis.; seven grandchildren, Jefferson (Brenda) Cooper of Milwaukee, Elizabeth (William) Pickart of Juneau, Wis., Rebecca (Nathan) Kehoe of Dubuque, Iowa, Sean and Sara Hackbarth of Allenton, Wis., Tara Bender of Port Washington, and Shana Bender of Atlanta, Ga.; four great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Memorial services will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005, at 11 a.m. at the PRATT MEMORIAL CHAPEL with the Rev. Craig Peach officiating, with burial to follow in the Loyd Cemetery. Friends may call at the PRATT MEMORIAL CHAPEL on Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., or again on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005, from 10 a.m. until the time of service at 11 a.m. The Pratt Funeral Service is assisting the family with their arrangements.
Cramer, Victor Henry
MADISON - Victor Henry Cramer, age 91, passed away on Friday, July 29, 2005, at St. Marys Care Center, Madison. Victor was born on Jan. 7, 1914, the son of John and Ella (Voelkel) Cramer. He attended and graduated from Central High School. He was a longtime member of St. James Catholic Church. Victor worked as a maintenance foreman for the City of Madison Parks Department for 42 years before retiring in 1978. He was a past president of the City Employee Union Local 60 and a past executive board member of AFSME Council 40. Victor was a lifetime member of the V.F.W. Post No. 1318. Survivors include four daughters, Barbara (Joseph) Dedrick of Montello, Vicki (Robert) Femrite, Denise (William) Curtin and Kim (Bob Ellis) Cramer all of Madison; three sons, Scott (Kathryn) Cramer, Kent Cramer and Jan Cramer, all of Madison; a sister, Evelyn Schreier of LaCrosse; a brother, Helmar Brown of Finley Park, Ill.; 19 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and Mitzy, his pet companion for 10 years. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Bernice, on Dec. 31, 1997; and a grandson, Chad Dedrick. Mass of Christian burial will take place at the IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5101 Schofield Ave., Monona, on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005, at 10:30 a.m. The Rev. John Meinholz will celebrate. A visitation will take place at the RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., on Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. and also at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will conclude at the Highland Memory Gardens, Madison. The family wishes to extend special thanks to all the staff of Harmony Living Center and St. Marys Care Center.
Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 2418 N. Sherman Ave. (608) 249-8257 www.ryanfuneralservice.com
Dierdorff, Beverly J. "Bev"
LODI - Beverly J. "Bev" Dierdorff, age 60, passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2005, after struggling with breast cancer for three years. She was born on May 3, 1945, at Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Lloyd and Imo (York) McKenzie. On July 12, 1975, she was united in marriage to Jerome Dierdorff at Davenport, Iowa. Bev was a high school teacher for four years in Davenport. She later worked at GTE for 14 years and most recently was employed at John Deere Credit in Middleton. Bev enjoyed being the chairperson of the Lodi Art Club Art in the Park for several years until her illness. She is survived by her husband, Jerome Dierdorff; two children, Sara and Erik Dierdorff; her mother, Imo McKenzie; a brother, Ron (Angela) McKenzie; and a sister, Elaine (Howard) Plate. She was preceded in death by her father, Lloyd McKenzie. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2005, at ST. PATRICK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Lodi, with Father James McEnery officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, at the HAMRE FUNERAL HOME in Lodi. The family suggests memorials to the Lodi Food Pantry or to the American Cancer Society.
Hamre Funeral Home Lodi (608) 592-3201
Ferris, Robert G.
FREDERICKSBURG, VA./ MADISON - Robert G. Ferris, age 84, who was born and raised in Madison, died, Wednesday, July 27, 2005, in Fredericksburg, Va. Ferris held degrees from the University of Wisconsin (B.A.) and the University of Michigan (M.A.), edited many historical and social science books and publications. He headed the widely acclaimed, National Historic Landmark Book Series for the National Park Service. Other agencies included the Office of Manned Space Flight (NASA), Air Force, Dept. of Commerce, and the Civil Aeronautics Administration. After retirement, he lived in Chapel Hill and Durham, N.C., and Fredericksburg, Va. A World War II veteran, he participated in the Normandy, Northern France, and German campaigns. He was preceded in death by his three brothers, Raymond E. Ferris of New Glarus, William H. Ferris of Madison and Stanley J. Ferris of Madison. He is survived by his wife, Juanita "Jerrie"; his son, Robert E. (Karen) Ferris; his daughter, Lisa (Peter) Otis; his daughter, Vicki Spiro; and four grandchildren, Jacqueline Ferris, Jake and Maria Spiro, and Emily Otis. Services will be private, but memorial donations may be made to the American Humane Association, 63 Inverness Drive East, Englewood, CO 80112.
Griffith, Josyne Elaine
MADISON - Josyne Elaine Griffith, age 77, passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2005, at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare Center. She was born on Oct. 24, 1927, in Sioux City, Iowa, the second daughter of Roy and Retha (Reinholz) Gilbert. She graduated from Onalaska High School in 1945. She married John Griffith on April 9, 1948. He preceded her in death in 1995. They were active members of the Madison Curling Club and St. John's Lutheran Church for many years. She loved her family and playing bridge with her friends. She also loved the Chicago Cubs rain or shine and was an official member of the die hard fan club. She is survived by three children, Gail (Ted) Arena of Hillsborough, Calif., David (Leslie) Griffith of Monona and Steven (Susan McClintock) Griffith of Oregon; two sisters, Mervonne McKenzie of Racine and Marilyn Scheels of Middleton; a granddaughter, Julia Griffith of Monona; a niece, Ellyn McKenzie; and two nephews, Roger McKenzie and Warren Jungbluth. A memorial service will be held at the RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave., on Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, at 1 p.m. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from noon until time of the service.
Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 2418 N. Sherman Ave. (608) 249-8257 www.ryanfuneralservice.com
Handel, Donald Richard
MADISON - Donald Richard Handel, age 81, of Madison, passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2005. He was born on June 27, 1924, in Vermont township, Black Earth, the son of Richard and Ruby (Bestor) Handel. Donald served his country with the U.S. Army, during World War II, as a private first class, from 1943 until 1945. He was assigned to the 106th Infantry Division, and was a P.O.W. in Germany, from October 1944 until April 1945. Donald was united in marriage to Imogene Anderson on Jan. 11, 1947, in Middleton. She preceded him in death on June 20, 1995. He worked at Oscar Mayer for 16 years, retiring due to his visual handicap. Donald received training from Edward Hines Jr. Hospital, in Chicago, Ill., giving him skills to live with his blindness, and taught him woodworking. He then began a new career building furniture and cabinetry. Donald was a member of V.F.W. Post No. 1318, The Blind Veteran's Association, Ex-P.O.W. Association, and Disabled American Veterans. He is survived by his two sons, Dennis (Thelma) Handel of Cottage Grove, and Rodney (Gail) Handel of Madison; 10 grandchildren, Todd (Megan) Handel, Robby Skolaski, Troy (Laurie) Handel, Joe (Becky) Miller, Michelle Handel, Jeremy (Heidi) Handel, Donald Handel, Dennis Michael Handel Jr. (fiancee, Pat Tansem), Jason Handel and Jake Handel; 14 great-grandchildren; four brothers, Louie (Mary) Handel of Mazomanie, Harold Handel of Black Earth, Phillip (Mary) Handel of Middleton, and Johnny (Joan) Handel of Deerfield; a sister, Teresa (Lester) Schulenburg of Sauk City; sisters-in-law, Ruby (Charles) Reuter of Verona, Betty (Mike) Cunningham of Madison, and Mildred Nechuta of Madison; a brother-in-law, Rod Anderson of Daming, N.M.; many nieces and nephews; and several other close friends. Donald was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Imogene; two sisters, Hazel Handel and Rose Sheele; three brothers, Arthur, Virgil, and Paul; and a granddaughter, Madyson Handel. Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 4, 2005. Burial will follow at Sunset Memory Gardens. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2005. A special thanks to Donna Eaton at the East Madison/ Monona Coalition of the Aging, and to the high school students who volunteered their time in the outreach program. Thanks to his close friends, Chuck and Phyllis Burchfield, Fred Kuykendall; and thank you to a special sister-in-law, Betty Cunningham, for all her help and attention.
Harper, Celene Leah
EVANSVILLE - Celene Leah Harper, age 85, of Nazareth House in Stoughton and formerly of Evansville, passed away on Wednesday, July 6, 2005. She was born Feb. 24, 1920, in Janesville, to William and Theresa (Eisenschmidt) Rahr. She graduated from Janesville High School. She worked at Parker Pen for several years. She married Glen Welsh Harper on Aug. 22, 1942. He preceded her in death June 18, 1991. She enjoyed knitting, reading, music and her dogs. Survivors include her children, John (Jeanette) Harper of Janesville and Patricia (Gary Boley) Harper of Blue Mounds; three grandchildren, Theresa (Jason) Harper Storey of Georgia, Melissa Kanter of Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and Mitchell Kanter of Blue Mounds; two great-grandchildren, Ethan and Paxton Storey; four step-grandchildren; six step-great-grandchildren; and friends. Celene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; two brothers, Norbert and Sylvester; and a sister, Virginia Kretchmam. Memorial services will be at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, at the NAZARETH HOUSE CHAPEL, 814 Jackson St., Stoughton, with Father Gerald Healy officiating. Graveside burial will follow at Maple Hill Cemetery in Evansville. Memorial preferred to the Nazareth House in Stoughton. The Ellestad Funeral Home, 500 N. 8th St., Mount Horeb, is serving the family.
(608) 437-5077 www.ellestadfuneralhome.com
STOUGHTON - Evelyn Havey died at her residence in the Town of Pleasant Springs on Saturday, July 30, 2005. Arrangements are pending. A full notice will appear in both papers on Monday.
Olson-Holzhuter-Cress Funeral & Cremation Service 206 W. Prospect Ave. Stoughton (608) 873-9244 www.cressfuneralservice.com
Hernandez, Luis Cardenas
POYNETTE - Luis Cardenas Hernandez, age 45, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, July 27, 2005, at his home in Poynette. He was born on Feb. 26, 1959, in Havana, Cuba, the son of Oscar Cardenas and Luidumina Hernandez. He came to the United States in 1980, and was sponsored by a family in LaCrosse, where he received his education. In 1987, he married Heidi Johnston in Madison. Heidi and Luis had a child, Landy Luis Cardenas Hernandez in 1989. Luis will be remembered fondly for his love of art, baseball, biking and cars. He is survived by his son, Landy Luis Cardenas Hernandez of Madison; his father, Oscar of Cuba; a sister, Ilena; and a brother, Roberto Manzano Aleman of Madison. Funeral services will be held at the ALL FAITHS FUNERAL CHAPEL, 4058 Lien Road, Madison on Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, at 2 p.m. Burial will be in Highland Memory Gardens. Friends may call at the funeral home on Monday from noon until the time of service.
All Faiths Funeral & Cremation Services Madison (608) 442-0477 www.866allfaiths.com
Johns, Don Herbert
FREDERICKSBURG, VA. - Don Herbert Johns, Ph.D., age 80, of Fredericksburg, Va., died Thursday, July 28, 2005, at his residence. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, having served in World War II and had been a P.O.W. at Stalag Luft 1 prison. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Air Medal. He received his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin. He had been a director of corporate research for the American Can Company and had retired as an adjunct professor at Clemson University, where he was instrumental in starting the School of Packaging Science. He was a member of Fort Hill Presbyterian Church in Clemson, S.C., and of the American Chemical Society. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth K. Johns; two daughters, Cheryl Sweazey and her husband, Stephen of Spotsylvania County, Va., and Donna DeWitte and her husband, Dr. David DeWitte of Bloomfield Hills, Mich.; a sister, Vivian Ward of Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and five grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 31, 2005, in the CHANCELLOR ROOM at CHANCELLOR'S VILLAGE, Fredericksburg, Va., with the Rev. Purnell Bailey and the Rev. Barbara Jacobs officiating. A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, 2005, in Arlington National Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the School of Packaging Science, Clemson University Foundation, Clemson, SC 29634 or Fort Hill Presbyterian Church, 399 College Ave., Clemson, SC 29631. Online guest book at covenantfuneralservice.com.
Kissinger, Bernadette Ann
THIENSVILLE - Bernadette Ann Kissinger, age 80, died peacefully on Tuesday, July 26, 2005, at home in Thiensville. She was born May 28, 1925, to John and Dena Rommelfanger in Madison. She was a 1939 graduate of St. Bernard's Grade School, 1943 graduate of Madison West High School, and 1947 graduate of UW-Madison School of Education. After teaching high school English in Sparta, Wis., for a year, she opted for the life of wife and mother. She and Bill Kissinger were married on Sept. 11, 1948, and moved to Milwaukee, where she worked at the Milwaukee Central Library until the birth of her first child in 1949. She had six more children over the course of the next 15 years. From 1953 until 1966, the family lived in a suburban setting in Pewaukee, where life was filled with PTA, 4-H, Boy Scouts, et al. When the family moved to Milwaukee's east side in 1966, Bernadette started attending library school at UW-Milwaukee and secured a part-time job in the reference department at the UW-Milwaukee Library, all the while maintaining her role as homemaker and mother to her family, which then ranged from 2 years to 16 years in age. She received her master's of library science in 1972 and became a full-time reference librarian well-known to students and faculty users of the library. She retired in 1980. She was intensely proud of the fact that all seven children received undergraduate degrees from UW-Milwaukee. Bernadette had wide-ranging interests and several hobbies including painting and quilting. She enjoyed opera and theater, holding season tickets to the Milwaukee Repertoire, the Florentine and Lyric Opera and the Skylight for many years. She and Bill moved to Thiensville in fall 1987, shortly before his retirement. She spent the last 18 years of life in blissful retirement in an idyllic setting, which became a gathering place for the far-flung family on weekends and holidays. Always a lover of books and reading, she amassed a significant library, which fills the family home to overflowing. Bernadette led a full and productive life, unafraid to step up to its challenges and resilient in coping with its disappointments. She was devoted to her family and yet found time to pursue her intellectual and artistic interests. She will be remembered by all who knew her as a woman of strong convictions and common sense. She will be missed. She is survived by her husband, Bill; her seven children and 13 grandchildren, Susan (John) Huberty and children, Garth and Greta of Corte Madera, Calif.; Cathy Kissinger and husband, John Yard of Sunland, Calif.; Bill A. Kissinger and wife, Diane VanDerhei, and their children, Claire and Louis of Oak Park, Ill.; granddaughter, Natalie Kissinger and husband, Ibou Diop of Arlington, Va.; John (Debra) Kissinger and children, Courtney, Derek and Dylan of Wauwatosa; daughter, Mary Kissinger of Oak Creek; son, Douglas (Anne) Kissinger, children, Charlotte, Herschel, Lucia and Oliver of Wauwatosa; daughter, Beth (Tom) Rodgers; and daughter, Madison of Sun Prairie; and assorted dogs, cats, bunnies and birds attached to the above households. Bernadette was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Matthias (Ty) and Dean; and by an infant grandchild, Gunther Huberty. The family wishes to thank the staff of the Medical/ Surgical Garden Unit at St. Mary's Ozaukee Hospital for the excellent care during her brief stay and to the members of the Vitas Hospice Care organization who attended her in her final days. Special thanks to Nurse Mary Fugill, whose expert and compassionate attention assured Bernadette's comfortable and peaceful passing. Memorials may be made to Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund (877) 800-2951. It was Bernadette's wish to be cremated and that there be no visitation or ceremony to mourn her passing. Instead, a memorial celebration of her life is planned at the family home in Thiensville on Sept. 11, 2005, the 57th anniversary of her marriage. Friends may wish to mark this date on their calendar and join the family to honor and recall her many accomplishments.
Schramka-Densow Funeral Home, Thiensville (262) 242-3120
MADISON - Sheldon Klein, Professor Emeritus of Computer Sciences and Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin died Friday, July 22, 2005, at University Hospital in Madison. He was born in Chicago on May 15, 1935, to Joseph and Bertha (Stone) Klein, but grew up in Los Angeles. He later attended the University of California, Berkeley where he received his B.A. in anthropology and his Ph.D. in linguistics. In 1958, he did fieldwork with the Kawaiisu Indians as part of the University of California Survey of California Indian Languages near Bakersfield, Calif. From 1961 until 1964, he worked at Systems Development Corporation in Santa Monica, Calif., where he became head of the Mechanolinguistic Project. In 1964, he joined the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie-Mellon University) in Pittsburgh, Pa., as an Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Computer Sciences. He then joined the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1966, as an Associate Professor of Computer Sciences and Linguistics. In fall 1973, he went to Moscow as a Senior Scholar at the Soviet Ministry of Higher Education (IREX), for the Machine Translation Laboratory of the Institute of Foreign Languages. He then served as Chairman of the Linguistics Department at UW-Madison from 1974 until 1976. In 1976-1977, he was invited to become a Visiting Director of Studies at l'Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris where he worked with the eminent structural anthropologist, Claude Levi-Strauss. Then, in 1977-78, he went to the University of Bielefeld, Germany as a Visiting Professor of Linguistics. In 1988, he was invited to become a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall and the Department of Archaeology at the University of Cambridge in England and has been a life member of Clare Hall since 1988. He was also a Fellow of the American Anthropological Association and the Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. He maintained affiliations with many other academic associations and his publications were numerous, broad and eclectic. His work took him to many countries including Romania, Sweden, Hungary, Russia, Switzerland, Finland, Israel, France, Germany, England and Ireland. All during his life he maintained a passion for music and art and produced many artworks in a variety of media. In spite of his severe physical limitations during the last 11 years, he continued to teach with enthusiasm until the end of the Spring 2005 semester, even after his retirement in 2003. He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 50 years, Carol, who accompanied him during his initial fieldwork and during his career, both at home and abroad. He is also survived by his devoted daughter and son-in-law, Jahna and Paul Antoniades of San Francisco; and his beloved grandson, Jacob.
Kuhnke, Wilmer A.
MADISON - Wilmer A. Kuhnke, age 89, passed away at Meriter Park Hospital on Wednesday, July 27, 2005, following a brief illness. Wilmer was born to Walter and Emma (Knab) Kuhnke on Nov. 3, 1915, in Hartford, Wis. Wilmer married Gertrude Zirbel on April 30, 1938, in Herman Township. He was employed as a Superintendent of Public Works in Horicon and Whitewater until his retirement in 1979. Wilmer enjoyed deer hunting, playing cards, the card club, and was an avid football fan. Wilmer is survived by his wife, Gertrude of Oregon; two children, the Rev. Gerry (Lynn) Kuhnke of Oregon, and Bonnie Jean (James) Chirafisi of Burlington; two grandchildren, Cory (Tina) Chirafisi of Stoughton, and Chris Chirafisi of London; three step-grandchildren, April, Alycia, and Elizabeth of Oregon; two great-grandchildren, Bella and Nicholas; a sister, Pat (Del) Just of Cedar Grove; a sister-in-law, Hertha Zirbel of West Bend; and many nieces and nephews. Wilmer was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Lloyd; two brothers, Wally Jr. and Bobby; and a sister, Lorraine. A memorial service will be held at ST. PAUL LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2126 N. Sherman Ave., on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005, at 11 a.m. with Wilmer's son, the Rev. Gerry Kuhnke officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2126 N. Sherman Ave., Madison, WI 53704.
Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 2418 N. Sherman Avenue (608) 249-8257 www.ryanfuneralservice.com
KENOSHA - Joseph Longo, age 80, of Kenosha, passed away Thursday, July 28, 2005, at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital in Wauwatosa. Born in Taormina, Sicily, on Jan. 23, 1925, he was educated in the schools of Italy, coming to Kenosha in April 1964, to make his home. On Aug. 9, 1959, in Novara, Italy, he married Rosalie Grimaldi. He and his wife owned and operated their own tailor shop "Joe's & Rosalie's" Tailor Shop in Waukegan, Ill. He was a member of St. Mark's Catholic Church. Besides his wife, his garden was his pride and joy. He loved to trout and perch fish in Lake Michigan. Surviving are a daughter, Anna Longo of Lake Villa, Ill.; a son, Stephen (Christy Hunter) Longo of Madison; a brother, Rosario (Carmen) Longo of Italy; a granddaughter, Makayla; a nephew, Gian (Rosie) Longo of Italy; and a great niece. Funeral services will be held on Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, at noon at ST. MARK'S CATHOLIC CHURCH. Interment will follow at All Saints Cemetery. Visitation will be held on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of the Mass at the church. At the request of Joe's family, please omit flowers.
Proko Funeral Home & Crematory 5111 60th St. (262) 654-3533 www.prokofuneralhome.com
Minahan, Anne Louise
MADISON/ OREGON - Anne Louise Minahan, emeritus professor of the University of Wisconsin School of Social Work, internationally known writer on Social Work practice and gifted teacher who influenced the careers of hundreds of students, died at St. Marys Care Center on Friday, July 29, 2005, of Alzheimer's disease. She was born on Sept. 27, 1925, in Madison, the daughter of Daniel and Isabelle (Waterman) Minahan. Anne attended West High School, from which she graduated in 1943. She earned a B.A. in Labor Economics and an M.A. in Guidance and Personnel at the UW-Madison. In addition, she received a master's in social work from the School of Social Administration at Ohio State University in 1960. She was Social Director at the Wisconsin Union at the UW-Madison from 1949 until 1958 when she went to Ohio to get her M.S.W. Anne joined the United Community Services of Greater Milwaukee in 1960 and joined the faculty of the School of Social Welfare at the UW-Milwaukee in 1963. She served as chair of the department of Social Work Extension from 1965 until 1967. Anne was hired as an Assistant Professor at the School of Social Work at the UW-Madison and remained there until her retirement in 1985 as a full professor. During her tenure she served as Director of the School from 1977 until 1980. In 1973, she co-authored a book with Allen Pincus, "Social Work Practice: Model and Method," which revolutionized the way in which social work practice is viewed. It was translated into dozens of other languages and used worldwide by social work programs. In addition to being a world renowned writer and outstanding teacher, Anne was deeply involved in the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) and the Council on Social Work Education, contributing leadership to both national organizations. Locally she was active in the Community Welfare Council, the Community Action Commission, the State Department of Public Welfare Advisory Committee (Division of Children and Youth), United Way Priorities and Planning committees, the Governor's Study Committee on Judicial Organization, United Neighborhood Centers Board, the Memorial Union Trustees and many other Union and University committees. Anne was a loving aunt and great-aunt, and will be greatly missed by her nephews, Daniel (Susie) Minahan of Mequon, and their children, John, Katie (Skip), Doug and Anne; Matthew (Cheri) Minahan of Charleston, S.C., and their children, Michael, Heidi (Kit), Jessica and Michelle; Michael (Carla) Minahan of Georgetown, Ind., and their sons, Patrick and Kevin; John (Lisa) Minahan of Oregon, and their children, Mary and Daniel. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Vivianne Minahan of Madison; her cousins, Ray Minahan, Charles (Nancy) Combs, and Bertrand (Machico) Combs. She will be missed by her many loyal friends, colleagues and her life-long friends, Antoniana Paratore Dinsmore, Helen Wirka, Jody Schmitz, and James Kentzler. Anne was preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Bert Minahan; and her grand-nephew, Matthew. A memorial service will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, at noon on Saturday, Aug. 6, 2005. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of the service. Donations may be made to the Anne Minahan Leadership Fund, care of University of Wisconsin Foundation, 1848 University Ave., Madison, WI 53705-4090.
POTOSI - Bernadine Pickel, age 71, of Potosi, passed away on Thursday, July 28, 2005, at Southwest Health Care in Cuba City. Services will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, at FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH in Cuba City. Burial will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Cuba City. Pastor Denise Anderson is officiating. Visitation is from 11 a.m. on Monday until the time of service at 1 p.m. at FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH. Haudenshield Funeral Home in Cuba City is serving the family.
Rettig, Reuel "Butch"
MADISON - Dear friends of Reuel "Butch" Rettig, your friend, and our beloved soul mate, father, son and brother, died, as he lived, with grace and determined courage on Thursday, July 28, 2005. Butch was born Dec. 21, 1946, in Watertown, Wis., son of Orville and Marion (Gilles) Rettig. He was a graduate of the Milwaukee School of Engineering. His last professional position was Chief Engineer-Department of Natural Resources, state of Wisconsin. He married Stephanie Foley on July 8, 1972. Butch's life was centered around Stephanie and their two children, Benjamin and Elizabeth Rettig of Madison. Additionally, he is survived by his mother, Marion Rettig, Ocala, Fla.; and sister, Margaret (Philip) Walden, of San Diego, Calif. He was preceded in death by his father, Orville Rettig. A Celebration of Life Service will be held at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CHURCH, 401 S. Owen Drive, Madison at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2005, with Monsignor Kenneth Fiedler officiating. Visitation will be held from 6 p.m. until the time of the service. As an avid sports fan, he relished being a participant, but most cherished the time he spent coaching youth sports. Special appreciation to his CCLS extended family of care givers, especially Jackie, Lucy, Nick and his loving brother in spirit, Dave Hart. The Rettig family will be ever grateful for the community support received over the past 14 years. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name at Monona State Bank, 5515 Monona Drive, Madison, WI 53716. When a man walks in integrity and justice, happy are his children after him: Proverbs 20:7
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Schroeder, Charlotte A.
LOGANVILLE - Charlotte A. Schroeder, age 64, of Loganville, died on Thursday, July 28, 2005, in the Reedsburg Area Medical Center. She was born on July 12, 1941, in Reedsburg, the daughter of W. Arthur and Hilma (Thies) Behn. On Dec. 27, 1959, she was married to Roy E. Schroeder. Charlotte worked as a pharmacy technician at the Sauk County Health Care Center for Collin's Drug Store. She later worked for Phillip's Pharmacy in Reedsburg, until the time of her death. She was a lifelong member of St. Peter's Lutheran Church where she served as organist for more than 30 years. Her involvement in her church also included being past church council president, active in the church choir, Sunday school and a member of the Peace Circle. Together, she and Roy served on the Wisconsin District Luther League Board for many years. She was also a member of the Prairie View Homemakers and the Loganville Fire Department Auxiliary. She enjoyed both listening to and playing music and she enjoyed collecting angels and souvenir spoons. Survivors include her husband, Roy; three children, Glen (Melody) Schroeder, and their children, Brandon and Briana of Reedsburg; Alan (Deb) Schroeder, and their daughter, Lindsey of Winona, Minn.; and Tammy (Chris) Craker, and their children, Allison, Bethany and Michael of Loganville; two brothers, William (Tricia) Behn of Reedsburg and Carl (Kay) Behn of Reedsburg; a sister, Carol (David) Baumgarten of North Freedom; a brother-in-law, Donald (Beverly) Meyer of Loganville; a sister-in-law, Linda Behn of Lyndon Station; nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Helen (Walter) Kroeger and Estella Meyer. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, at ST. PETER'S LUTHERAN CHURCH in Loganville, with Pastor Christopher Miller officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. There will be a visitation from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Peter's Organ Fund or the Parish Nurse Ministry Fund would be appreciated. The Hoof Funeral Home in Reedsburg is serving the family.
Wacker, Wayne C.
MADISON - Wayne C. Wacker, age 90, died on Friday, July 29, 2005, at the St. Marys Medical Center while surrounded by his loving family. Wayne was born on Feb. 20, 1915, in Culbertson, Neb., the son of Samuel and Sarah (Wagner) Wacker. He married Anna Mae Klinkner on May 13, 1938, in Madison, and celebrated 65 years of marriage with her, prior to her death on May 28, 2003. Wayne was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, where he ushered for many years. He attended North Central College in Naperville, Ill. He worked for Metropolitan Life Insurance Co. for 40 years. Wayne was a recovered alcoholic who devoted much of his life to helping others with drug and alcohol addiction through his involvement in the AA program. His positive outlook and sense of humor was an inspiration to all who knew him. Wayne firmly believed in "living one day at a time." For many years he enjoyed poker and trips to Ho-Chunk with his dear friend Charlie. Wayne always loved music and was a fixture at the Avenue Bar on Monday nights to listen to the Avenue Sizzlers. Wayne loved to tell stories...about his life on the farm, waiting tables at the Spanish Tea Room in Chicago, his years at Lake View Tuberculosis Sanitarium, fishing tales, his travels around the country and the musicians he met. But most of all, he loved spending time with his family. Survivors include one daughter, Mary Wacker of Madison; four sons, John (Rita) Wacker of Mount Horeb, Richard (Margaret) Wacker of Evansville, Michael (Shelley) Wacker of The Dalles, Ore. and Thomas (Dawn) Wacker of Sun Prairie; 14 grandchildren, Sarah, Ellen, Lori Ann, John Wayne, Jason, Jeremy, Joshua, Caroline, Elizabeth, Gregory, Elisha, Spencer, Garret and Lauren; three great grandchildren, Tyler, Taylor and Rayyan; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Anna Mae; and two brothers, Wilbert and Roland. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 404 E. Main St., Madison on Monday, Aug. 1, 2005, at 10:30 a.m. A visitation will also take place at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will conclude at the Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established for the St. Patrick's Catholic Church and the AA Monona Serenity Group. The family would like to give a special thanks to Mary Wacker for the long-term care that she provided for her father. They would also like to thank Dr. William Rock, Dr. Matt Klein and Dr. Robert Boyle for care of their father over the years, and a thanks to the Hospice Care Center.
God Grant me the serenity to accept The things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can, And the wisdom to know the difference.
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