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William Karl Aberg

Birth Date: 1954-07-10
Deceased Date: 1974-09-02
MADISON – William K. Aberg, age 20, of 3226 Lake Mendota Dr., died on Sunday, September 1, 1974, in an auto accident.

He attended West High School and was a student at MATC. He was a partner In Flash Enterprises. Mr. Aberg was a member of the Bethel Lutheran Church.

Survivors Include his parents, Attorney and Mrs. Robert K. Aberg of Madison; a sister, Cynthia of Madison, and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Lillian R. Wagner of Madison.

Funeral services will be held at the FRAUTSCHI FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Rd., at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, September 4, The Rev. Robert Borgwardt officiating. Burial in Roselawn Memorial Park.

There will be no visitation. The family has suggested that memorials may be made to the William J. P. Aberg Conservation Scholarship Fund.

A 1-car crash, along Highway 12, killed WIlliam Aberg, 20, of Madison.
Man Killed in Car Crash MIDDLETON

A young Madison man was killed and a teenage girl seriously injured early Sunday in a one-car crash on Highway 12 about a mile north of here. William K. Aberg, 20, of 443 Doncaster Dr., driver of the car, was dead on arrival about 5:30 a.m. at Madison General Hospital. Patricia Kimberly, 16, of 1845 Jenifer St., Aberg's passenger, was reported in "satisfactory" condition Monday with internal injuries and a broken leg at St. Mary's Hospital. Dane County Deputy Coroner Donald Scullion said Aberg apparently lost control of the vehicle while traveling south and slid sideways into a utility pole. Scullion said the pole crashed half-way through the car from the driver's side, pinning both occupants for. several minutes before county traffic officers could free them. The fatality was the 34th traffic death in Dane County this year.
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George Allen Albright

Birth Date: 1954-09-13
Deceased Date: 1976-08-15

George A. Albright, age 21, of 5201 Shawano Terrace., Madison, died on Sunday, Aug. 15, 1976, from injuries sustained in a fall in downtown Madison.

He was born on Sept. 13, 1954, in Madison, and was currently enrolled at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in Agricultural Engineering. For the past 3 summers, he had been employed by the Wis. Dept. of Transportation, Division of Motor Vehicles. He had graduated from Madison West High School In 1972. He was a member of St. Lukes Lutheran Church, Middleton.

Student Dies in Parking Ramp FallCollege student George A. Albright, 21, of 5201 Shawano Terrace, died Sunday afternoon of "massive head injuries" 13 hours after he plunged from the Lake St. parking ramp, according to Chief Deputy Coroner Donald Scullion. Police were investigating to determine whether Albright accidentally fell or was pushed from the second story of the ramp. Albright, a fourth year electrical and computer engineering student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, was found lying on the sidewalk on the Hawthorne Ct. side of the ramp at 2:15 a.m. by a fire ambulance crew called to the scene by an unknown person. Albright was pronounced dead about 3 p.m. at University Hospitals. Police said Albright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Albright, had driven to the campus area with friends Saturday night. He had been seen in the Kollege Hub tavern, 529 N. Lake St., before the plunge, police said." From the Aug 16, 1976 Wisconsin State Journal: Article

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Connie Buss-Gille - July 24th, 2021
George was engaged to be married to my friend Eileen Conohan, He was such a likeable, smiling guy, sincere and sweet. The night of his fall always will be remembered as one of the saddest days of my life with Eileen begging to marry him before they removed life support. We all learned far too much about grief that night... RIP George.

Steven Alder

Steve died in the 1980s while in his 30s, in Taipei.

Apparently, his body was cremated within 24 hours of his death, before any investigation was conducted.

Photo is from the senior class party.
Pat Remington - July 24th, 2021
Steve was one of my best friends, starting in 7th grade. We spent a lot of time roaming the West High neighborhoods on weekends, and I was lucky to be invited to join him and his family at his cottage in northern Wisconsin. Their family was big into motor sports, and I was like a kid in a candy shop riding on snowmobiles and dirt bikes. I shudder to think now, how dangerous those times were. I lost track of Steve after high school, as he moved out west to find work in California. What a shame that his life ended at such a young age.
Ginny rohlich - July 22nd, 2021
Steve always seemed like such a sweet, cute, kind guy and because I knew him since grade school and he lived in our neighborhood, his death was quite a sad shock. Such a tragedy that we lost him so early.

Barbara Jean Anderson

Birth Date: 1954-11-13
Deceased Date: 1994-04-08

Anderson, Barbara Jean MADISON
Barbara Jean Anderson died Friday, April 8, 1994, at the age of 39, at home after a courageous battle with cancer.

She was born November 13, 1954 to Lawrence and Edith Sue Anderson. She had previously worked at University of Wisconsin Hospital and as a travel agent in California, Madison and Colorado. Barbara was very active in her church, helping instigate new programs and working with the vouth as well as elderly.

We will miss her upbeat attitude, her creativity, and her ever present sense of humor. Her family wishes to thank all who kept her in their thoughts and prayers over the years, to the staff at U.W. Hospital, and to Hospice for their care and support.
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Julie Brooks Noble - May 5th, 2022
I learned of this loss many years too late and have so many happy memories of Barbie helping me cope with seventh grade. She was accused of having "baby talk" and I was still wearing white anklets and we were just not ready for prime time that year and grew close in our misfit club. I loved her very much. Then life changes took over and I didn't even stay in touch in high school or beyond. My loss.
Ginny rohlich - July 22nd, 2021
I remember at either our 10th or 15th reunion (did we have a 15th?) when Barbie was telling me how sick she was with cancer. At the time we all seemed to have had so little life experience that it didn’t seem to register. How could someone so young be so sick? Her spirit was amazing and many times over the years I think about how beautiful she was in every way. If I figure out how to do it, I will post a picture of some of us from6th grade at Randall having a fund raiser. She was so cute in it. Ginny

Ray Baer

Birth Date: 1954-10-05
Deceased Date: 2019-08-30
Madison – Ray “Razor” Baer, age 64, passed away on August 30, 2019 peacefully at UW Hospitals. The cause of death is not known.

He was born on October 5, 1954 to Richard and Anne Baer. He attended Madison West High School and the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse. Ray lived in Alaska for a time and was employed by Trachte Overhead Doors when he returned. He was an avid Badger, Packer and Atlanta Braves fan. He loved golf. Read the full obituary here
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Laurie Beckwith

MADISON - Laurie Ann Beckwith, age 66, of Madison, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 31, 2021, at Agrace HospiceCare, surrounded by family. She was born on Nov. 25, 1954, in Madison, the daughter of Alfred and Donna (Fleischer) Beckwith.

Laurie was a kind, caring soul who enjoyed live music, photography, and crafting. She enjoyed spending time with her close friends during their "Birthday Club" celebrations. Most of all, she loved spending time with her children and grandchildren.

Laurie is survived by her sons, Jason (Diana) Villarreal, Joshua (Michelle) Villarreal and Jeremiah (Megan) Villarreal; grandchildren, Korin, Erin, Sean and Alaura; siblings, James (Kay) Beckwith, Ronald Beckwith, Steven (Terri) Beckwith, Tammie (Brian) Faul, Cary Beckwith, Michael Beckwith and Brian Beckwith; and many relatives and dear friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; former husband, Abel Villarreal Jr.; and sister, Sandra Tupper.

A gathering will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, 2021.

Special thanks to Agrace HospiceCare for their loving support and care of Laurie. In lieu of flowers, family has requested that donations be gifted in Laurie's name to Agrace HospiceCare.
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Kathryn Benferado

Deceased Date: 1999-10-14
Benforado, Kathryn "Kathy"
Kathryn "Kathy' Benforado, age 44, died on Thursday. October 14, 1999, from complications related to scleroderma.

Memorial contributions in Kathy's memory may be made to Tunefoolery, c/o North Charles Mental Health, Inc.,54 Essex St., 1st floor, Cambridge, MA 02139 or Convivium Musicum, c/o 17 Chester Place, Sommerville, MA 02144.

This concert is dedicated to the memory of Kathy Benforado, our fellow singer and friend, who died on October 14, 1999. Kathy touched many lives through her achievements as a teacher, researcher and traveler, but it was her passion and gift for Renaissance music that brought her to us.
From her energy for the countless tasks required in our musical endeavor, to her striving for a balance of excellence and conviviality in music-making, she was a “heart” in our midst.

Her wide musical tastes ranged from Brazilian sambas and Baroque lute to Cole Porter and Macedonian folk songs. An accomplished instrumentalist, she loved hosting “music parties,” friends together reading scores, jamming and eating good food. She left her friends and family a large collection of instruments: piano, harpsichord, double bass, violas da gamba, recorders, accordion, percussion and flute. Her gift for teaching took her in several directions over the years, but in the end, it was her music she most wanted to share. One parent described her as “an incomparably wonderful teacher.” One of her piano students wrote to her, “You are the best piano teacher I could ever have. You are my charm.”

She was drawn to nature and travel and her many adventures included a two year stint in Spain, a month in Argentina, and another in Guatemala. Fluent in Spanish, she would arrive with her bike and viola da gamba and spend the time traveling, making new friends, hiking the mountains and learning the local music. She would have loved this concert of Spanish music chosen especially for her. Her Sephardic relatives may well have sat on Sevilla’s docks, in 1492, awaiting the transports that would ferry them into exile to Turkey, in the case of the Benforados, via Portugal or Italy. Some Benforados today live in Mexico City, and the family has reestablished a connection with Spain in recent years. And yet Kathy was drawn to the music of her ancestors from deep within herself. She was a beautiful singer of a capella choral music, but also adored the color and vibrancy of period instrumental accompaniment. This is our first concert with professional instruments under Scott Metcalfe’s direction and it was made possible by the many generous donations in Kathy’s memory.

Kathy’s greatest achievement was a life devoted to what really matters: music, peace, service, quiet beauty, and friendship. She will live on in all our hearts through the utter joy that she imparted as she lived each day fully and by the light that would come into her eyes when she sang. And she will live on in the music of Convivium Musicum which she helped to birth and yearly nurtured through her generosity, love and humor and through the offering of her many musical gifts.

It is through the generosity of the Benforado Family that Convivium Musicum was designated to receive contributions in Kathy’s memory after her passing. As an organization, we decided that the contributions we received in her memory should go to a special project befitting the life and spirit that Kathy shared with all of us. When we decided to perform a special concert with instrumentalists, we knew we had found the right way to honor our friend and the generosity of her family and friends.
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George Benish

Birth Date: 1954-08-15
Deceased Date: 2019-10-25
WISCONSIN DELLS—George William Benish passed away on Friday, Oct. 25, 2019, at Marshfield Medical Center surrounded by his wife and children. George passed away as a result of injuries sustained in a car accident while on his way home from his annual grouse hunting trip in Park Falls, Wis.

George was born on Aug. 15, 1954, to George Albert and Caryl (Kennedy) Benish in Madison, Wisconsin. George was a free spirit and lived life his way. He graduated from Madison West High School in 1972, and shortly after took an adventurous cross-country trip with his friends landing in California.

George was a jack of all trades and master of none, but his favorite job was at the junkyard tearing vehicles apart. He held various jobs over the years including a short-order cook, mechanic, fertilizer mixer, LP delivery person, Plant Manager, and Real Estate Broker including current Owner of DG Realty LLC. George married Carol Mita, it ended in divorce. George’s career took him to Oxford, Wis. where he managed the local Thermogas plant and his love of water and swimming brought him to live on Deep Lake. George met his wife Delores, whom he married nine years later on Jan. 9, 1998. George made a career of real estate for many years even into his retirement. He is a member of the Leaky Boot Club. George and Delores owned and operated Coon’s Deep Lake Campground & Mobile Home Park until December 2016, when they sold the business to “retire”.

George enjoyed serving on the Oxford Fire District Board, Jackson Town Board as a Supervisor and later Chairman until July 2018, when he became ill with Legionnaire’s disease and his health made his decision to resign. In his youth, George’s free time was often spent playing horseshoes and bowling in leagues at his favorite local watering holes. Peace and tranquility most often came from spending time in the great outdoors in nature. His biggest adventure was riding the freight trains through the West and stopping off at Real Hobo Camps where he learned so many of life’s important lessons. Grouse hunting with brother David & friends every fall around the Park Falls area was a favorite tradition. His favorite escape was always found ‘Up North’ and in 1999, purchased the Cabin with family. Over the years, he enjoyed hunting, hiking, fishing, camping, snowmobiling, four-wheeling and UTVing.

In his later years, his solace was found listening to the gentle waves of the ocean crash the shore on vacations with Delores. George loved to read and was most often found with a book in his hands, reclining, reading his favorite science fiction fantasy. After moving from the campground, George found great joy in gardening and harvesting his crop throughout the summer, picking berries with Grandkids and then making jelly and muffins. While George didn’t have any children of his own, his stepchildren and grandchildren were a highlighted love of his life. It made his heart smile when they asked for a tractor ride until they got too big to sit on his lap and then he taught them each to drive the tractor and ATV. He enjoyed watching his grandchildren learn a work ethic at the campground, from mowing to using a trimmer and then teaching them to split wood with a maul. He found great pleasure in beginning to teach Nathan how to repair lawnmowers and ATVs. He enjoyed hearing the grandkids stories and jokes, helping to celebrate their life’s special moments. A favorite life lesson came from his oldest grandson Jacob when George was told, “... but you gotta try Grandpa”. That lesson helped him overcome many challenges in his last years. In lieu flowers, please make a donation to the ALS Association.

From NBC15: "The Wood County Sheriff's Department has identified two people killed Thursday as result of traffic crash. The crash happened just after 3 p.m. at the intersection of highways A and EE in the town of Richfield.

According to the Wood County Sheriff's Office, a vehicle headed east and failed to stop at a stop sign. That vehicle then hit a pickup truck, that was pulling a trailer, heading south. The driver of that truck was taken to the hospital. He later died of his injuries. The driver of the eastbound vehicle died at the scene.

Authorities identified the victims as 26-year-old Zachary Phillips of Marshfield and 65-year-old George Benish of Wisconsin Dells. A news release did not specify which driver was driving which vehicle.

Marshfield Fire & Rescue said they had to use Jaws of Life to extricate the victims. Read the story here Read the full obituary here

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Randy Joe Botts

Birth Date: 1953-05-06
Deceased Date: 2010-01-15
Randy died on January 15, 2010 at the age of 56, from injuries sustained in an airplane crash in Mississippi.

HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Hancock County Coroner Norma Stiglet says both victims, 56-year-old Randy Botts and 23-year-old Karl Smith, have undergone autopsies and died from multiple injuries due to blunt force.

Pieces of the 1989 RV-4 Single Engine plane are untouched as officials try to determine the cause of the fatal crash.

Hancock County Sheriff's Department Investigator Richard Fayard says, "We currently have a representative of FAA on scene at this time. They're back there doing their preliminary investigation. They have recovered several items of interest that they will be collecting."

Hancock County Sheriff's Department Investigator Richard Fayard says it was likely navigational equipment that was on board the amateur built plane that will help Federal Aviation Administration officials determine what caused the crash.

"We've been advised by the FAA that the insurance company will be in charge of the recovery of the air craft, and we'll be coordinating with them to get the debris removed from the wooded area," says Investigator Richard Fayard.

According to the FAA web site, 56-year-old Randy Botts of Perkinston was a certified private pilot. At the time of the crash he was testing his auto pilot feature. Read the story here Find the gravesite here

Connie Buss-Gille - July 24th, 2021
Randy could always make you laugh, I remember attending a reunion and talking with him and teasing him about his "Louisianan" accent.

Michael G. Buffo

Buffo, Michael G. MADISON
Michael G. Buffo, age 27, died on Saturday, December 5, 1981, at UW Hospital, as the result of severe electrical burns suffered in October, 1981.

Mr. Buffo was born on January 15, 1954, at Glen-Ellyn, Illinois and was married to the former Rebecca Youngs on June 24, 1978. He was a 1972 graduate of West High School. He was a roofing foreman for the D. C. Taylor Roofing firm.
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Ginny Rohlich - July 24th, 2021
I think every single one of my friends had a huge crush on Mike at some time through junior or senior high. He was so movie-star handsome. I remember one summer night riding my bike to Willows beach and he asked me to come back later to meet him but I didnt out of loyalty to my friend who liked him. BETH RICHARDS - I hope you read this, lol. I have sweet memories of him and that "missed kiss".
Pat Remington - July 24th, 2021
I grew up with Mike, going to school with him at Shorewood Hills Elementary, and West Junior and Senior High. He was a gentle soul, but had a quick temper and would not hesitate to defend himself or his friends. I always wanted him "on my team!" I remember one incident clearly where I did something to make him mad, and he threw a kickball in my face with such force that it knocked me off my feet. Point made. Lesson learned. We remained really good friends from then on.

Barbara Burdulis

Birth Date: 1954-04-11
Deceased Date: 2011-10-23
MADISON – BARBARA BURDULIS, age 57, died on October 23, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin, from an unknown cause.

Barbara Burdulis died peacefully on Oct 23 2011. Her life will be celebrated during a service at BLESSED SACRAMENT CHURCH, 2116 Hollister Ave, Madison, on Wednesday Oct 26 2011. The visitation will occur from 11 a m - 11 30 AM, followed by a service from 1130 AM -12 15 PM. Read a news story about her advocacy here Read the full obituary here
Ginny Rohlich - July 22nd, 2021
Sweet Barb. I have memories of her from early days at Blessed Sacrament. Now a days I think we would describe her as an “ old soul”. She had such a calm, peaceful spirit surrounding her. A truly lovely person.

John Cardarella

Birth Date: 1953-03-18
Deceased Date: 2019-06-14
John R. Cardarella, 66, of Madison and Blue River passed away on Friday, June 14, 2019. The cause of death is unknown.

He was born on March 18, 1953 in Madison the son of Anthony and Marjorie (Ambrose) Cardarella. John graduated from West High School. He worked at Oscar Mayer/Kraft for over 32 years. John was an avid sportsman enjoying hockey, softball, fishing, and hunting.
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David Joseph Carter

Birth Date: 1954-01-06
Deceased Date: 1991-02-27
Carter, David Joseph MADISON

David Joseph Carter, age 37, died on Wednesday, February 27, 1991 at University of Wisconsin Hospital, from pneumonia, a complication of AIDS/HIV.

He was born January 6, 1954, in Madison and was a lifelong Madison resident. He was a graduate of West High School and the U.W. Madison.

David worked in banking all of his life. He was a member of Temple Beth El and was on avid environmentalist.

Memorials may be may to the building fund of Temple Beth El. Find the gravesite here

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Diana Montalto (Chisman)

Birth Date: 1954-06-15
Deceased Date: 2021-11-21
WHITEWATER - Diana Kay Montalto, age 67, of Whitewater, Wis., passed away peacefully on Nov. 21, 2021, with her loved ones by her side.

Diana was born June 15, 1954, in Madison, Wis., to Harold Keith Chisman and Delaine June Chisman. She graduated from Madison West High School in 1972 and later married Joseph Montalto III, raising four children, one foster daughter, and becoming grandparents to seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Diana spent her life caring for others. She opened her home for 30-plus years to the foster care community, caring for children and adults with disabilities. Not only did she spend her life creating a loving home for her family and foster care, her door remained open for anyone who needed a place to go. She was a second mom to many.

Diana loved the simple things in life, like boxed wine, watching the TV show Friends, and having that first sip of coffee in the morning. If you found drips of coffee on the carpet, you knew it was from Diana. She enjoyed listening to music as loud as it could go. Whenever she had access to an Alexa or Echo, the music could be heard from up the street. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, being present in the moment and watching them dance the day away. She loved getaways with her sisters, where they would reminisce, shop, and laugh until their faces hurt. She always described it as beautiful.

Diana was a warm-hearted, kind, and selfless person. She touched the lives of everyone who was fortunate enough to know her. Her positive and warm presence would fill every room she entered. Diana had a strong faith in Jesus, and she lived out her faith for all to witness.

Diana is survived by her husband, Joseph (Salvatore) Montalto III; children, Jamie (Mike) Melik, Christina (David) LaHann, Joseph Montalto IV, and Cailee Montalto; grandchildren, Alexis (Randy) Andrews, Tess Montalto, Kadie Zimmerman, Cailynn Montalto, Kenidy Montalto, Addison LaHann, and Hailey LaHann; great-grandchildren, Griffin Melik-Andrews and Cambria Andrews; sisters, Susan (Philip Montalto) Chisman and Paula (Tom) Elver; uncles, Donald (Erva) Chisman and Gary (Suzanne) Repsumer; and many special cousins, nieces and nephews.

She is reunited in Heaven with her parents; brother, Tom "Tommy" Chisman; and foster-daughter, Anna Leija.

The family would like to thank Agrace Hospice for their kind and compassionate care of Diana during her final weeks of life. A special thank you to her daughter, Jamie Melik, for her in-home care and unwavering support, and to family, friends, and neighbors for their calls, cards and visits.

Diana's final wishes were that family and friends would gather together in celebration. In lieu of a funeral service, a celebration of life is being planned for a later date.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at

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Nick Cochems

MADISON—Nicholas J. Cochems, age 62, passed away at home on Oct. 1, 2017, surrounded by his loving family. The cause of death was melanoma.

He was a man of integrity and kindness with a quick wit that was sure to make people laugh. Family was his number one priority in life. He was an amazing man who cared for loved ones and friends, always supporting those who needed a shoulder in a difficult time.

Nick was born in Madison, Wis. and graduated from Madison West High School and the UW-Platteville, with a bachelors in Accounting. He was the Business Manager for the Madison Surgery Center for 18 years, where he developed many deep and lasting relationships. His most recent employment was with Oakwood Lutheran Homes as the Accounting Manager.

With a passion for sports, Nick led the Madison West baseball team to the state playoffs and championship game as the star pitcher in 1972. He continued to share his passion for the sport by coaching and playing softball with his brother, Steve, and many close friends for years, winning the Madison city championship as the Sak’s Liquor team in 1976.

Some of his happiest memories were with family in the early days, during their annual summer vacation in Door County. His love for the outdoors and water led him to his own family cottage in northern Wisconsin, a place he often called the “Happiest Place on Earth.” He was an avid fisherman, always looking to catch a bigger musky than the year before.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to remember Nick can donate to the Melanoma Research Foundation to help fund research.

A life well lived and taken too soon, Nick will never be forgotten as he will be missed and is loved by so many. Read the full obituary here
Connie Buss-Gille - July 24th, 2021
Never really knew Nick in high school but later when he and his brother Steve (Class of 70?) played for a Middleton liquor store sponsor "Saks" Spent many weekends watching him and all the "guys" playing slow pitch softball at Springfield Corners. He had the greatest laugh.

Martin P. (Marty) Coogan

Deceased Date: 1976-10-01
Coogan, Martin P. MADISON. Martin P. Coogan, age 22 of 6201 Hammersley Rd., died on Friday, October 1, 1976, from suicide.

He was born In Madison, and was a life-long resident. Martin graduated from Madison West High School in 1972, and was a member of the Honor Band and Concert Choir. He had attended Madison Business College and the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. He was a member of the A.A.U.

Family suggests memorials be made to the United States Olympic Committee.
Taaj Jaharah (former high school nickname ‘Betsy’) - August 1st, 2021
Marty was a kind, beautiful soul and I recall the shock and sadness that I felt in hearing of his passing. He was earnest in his athletic endeavors and a really serious competitor. He adored his mom.
Connie Buss-Gille - July 24th, 2021
Marty was a wrestler I think, though I only knew him through friends in high school, he had the biggest biceps and was rather shy.
Pat Remington - April 2nd, 2021
I did not know Marty well, but recall that he was kind, soft spoken, and incredibly strong!

Barbara Carol Alderete (Culver)

Birth Date: 1954-06-30
Deceased Date: 2019-01-09
Barbara Carol Culver Alderete of Round Rock, Texas peacefully passed away on January 9th, 2019 in the comforting arms of her loving husband Richard Alderete, from Parkinson's Disease.

Their romance began in March of 1980 leading to marriage in April of 1986. They went on to share 32 fulfilling years of marriage and a multitude of meaningful friendships.

Barbara filled her 64 years in this world with love, family, adventure, friendship, and philanthropy. After getting her technical education at Edgewood College she quickly climbed the ladder to achieve Equipment Engineering Manager in the Semiconductor business.

She was an avid fisher and traveler. Innumerable weekends, holidays, and extended vacations were spent with her family casting into the saltwater off the Texas coast, or attending family events around the country. She was also a passionate RVer. Barbara loved packing up the RV bus for an impromptu trip to anywhere and enjoyed the thought of “roughing it” with family and friends. Many close family memories were made wherever 4 wheels could park.

Barbara made clothes, blankets, and Halloween costumes for her family and loved teaching her daughters how to cook, bake and ice skate.

She was also a fixture in the close-knit Special Olympics of Texas community. Since 2001 she had been immersed in volunteering, providing encouragement, organizing delegation banquets and events, recruiting friends and family to participate by any means, and providing food, refreshments and comfort from her RV to Athletes in out of town events. She loved Special Olympics and developed deep lasting bonds with other special needs families.

Barbara will be fondly remembered for her contagious laugh, bright smile, unwavering upbeat attitude, bubbly personality, selflessness, and fierce independence. Even throughout the progression of her disease, she radiated strength and positivity. Barbara left a unique and beautiful mark on the world.

Barbara is predeceased by her mother Carol Joan Dreyfus Culver, father David Sutcliffe Culver and brother Michael Culver. She is survived by her husband Richard; children, Heather Marie and Caroline Dillard, husband Jackson Dillard and grandchild, Warren; sisters, Jo MacDonald and Joyce Clark; and brothers, Robbie and Tom Culver.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations in tribute to Barbara be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation via Read the full obituary here Find the gravesite here
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Scott Irwin Dickinson

Birth Date: 1953-11-30
Deceased Date: 2003-06-23

Dickinson, Scott VERONA
Scott Dickinson, age 49, passed away on Monday, June 23, 2003, at University Hospital, Madison, from complications related to a fall.

He was born on Nov. 30, 1953, in Stratford, the son of Dwaine and Donna Dickinson. Scott was a 1972 graduate from West High School. He graduated from. Edgewood College with a B.S. in art education in 1980.

Scott was an independent artisan in ceramics as well as an art instructor. He retired in 1999 from teaching art at East High School. Scott was active in Golden Gloves boxing in the late 1970s and was a member of the West High School baseball team that went to the 1972 state tournament. He loved to travel, bike, sail, and dive and was active in many sports over the years. Scott was an avid hunter and fly fisherman.

Friends and family will miss his sense of humor, generous nature and gentle soul. Memorials may be made to Bethel Horizons - Art Ventures.
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Charles Doll

MIDDLETON - Charles "Zeke” Doll, age 65, of Middleton, passed away surrounded by his loving family on Friday, April 3, 2020.
Zeke was born on May 6, 1954, in Madison,
the son of Stanley and Lois Doll. He graduated from West High School in 1972. Zeke met the love of his life, Mary Anne Peshak on St. Patricks Day, 1973. They were married on April 19, 1975, in Madison. They moved to Middleton in 1977 where they raised their three children, Matt, Marcy and Mike.

Zeke was employed at Frank Liquor Company for 46 years. He enjoyed being a part of the Frank Liquor family. He was also employed at Tyrol Basin Ski Hill in Mount Horeb, Wisconsin for many years. Zeke enjoyed downhill skiing, boating, water skiing, hiking and most of all enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. Most recently, he loved watching his daughter Marcy competing in running races and came to every race. Family camping trips every summer to Door County and Boulder Junction were extra special.

Zeke loved his kitties and his grandpuppies, Bowie, Floyd and Willa. Zeke was a kind, gentle man and a very supportive and loving father. Zeke was also a great storyteller. He had the best sense of humor and loved to make everyone laugh. Zeke was a history buff as well and when he wasn’t reading a history book or watching the history channel, he would travel to historical sites around Wisconsin.

We miss you so much dad. You’ll always be in our hearts. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Waterloo. Read the full obituary here Find the gravesite here

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John Wilson Dulin

Birth Date: 1954-07-27
Deceased Date: 2006-02-09
John Wilson DULIN
John Wilson Dulin was born July 27, 1954 in Seattle, Washington and died February 9, 2006, in Edmonds, at the age of 52, following a brief and unexpected illness.

John was a loyal career employee of Bargreen-Ellingson; prior to his 26 years there he worked in hotel management in Wisconsin and Florida.

He graduated from high school in Madison, Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. John loved sailing, flying, jazz and stray dogs. He read widely and loved taking car rides in the mountains. He participated in several Swiftsure sailboat races. He was interested in politics and cheered liberal causes. He was known for his honesty, his ready acceptance of everyone, his ability to speak the truth, and his loyalty to family and friends.

During the last year of his life he provided special support to his mother and continued to express constant pride and joy in his son. His family will remember his understanding heart, generous mind, ready smile, and unending stubborn streak. Read full obituary here

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John Jay Fruth

Birth Date: 1954-04-26
Deceased Date: 1983-05-12
Fruth, John J. MADISON

John J. Fruth, of 910 Oakland Avenue, died on Thursday, May 12, 1983, at the age of 29, following an automobile accident. He was born April 26, 1954, in Madison. Read the full obituary here Find the gravesite here

Ginny rohlich - July 22nd, 2021
John was a true sweetheart who I always wished I had known better. One summer I was lucky enough to hang out with him and Terry Post a bit - doing all the fun things that magical Madison summers are for - riding bikes, swimming, hanging out.

Jeffery Brashares Grafton

Birth Date: 1955-05-31
Deceased Date: 2013-07-02
MADISON - Jeffery Brashares, age 59, went to be with his Lord on July 2, 2013, in Bakersfield, Calif., due to heart failure.

He was born on May 31, 1955, in Madison, to Kenneth Winton Grafton and Dorothy MacKay Grafton. Jeff enjoyed reading his Bible, attending church, and playing his guitar. Read obituary here Find the gravesite here
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Ann Finney (Granger)

Deceased Date: 2009-03-21
Ann (Granger) Finney died on March 21, 2009 in Alexandria, VA, at the age of 55, from cancer.

Wife of Tom Finney, mother of Laurel and Kerry Finney, sister of Lynne Ambrose and Scott Granger, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Herbert Granger.

A graveside service will be held on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 9 a.m. at Quantico National Cemetery, Triangle, VA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society, 124 Park Street S.E.. Vienna, VA 22180. Read the full obituary here Find the gravesite here

Phyllis Rathbone - August 4th, 2021
Ann was my best friend growing up, including going to West High; there were many days when we walked home to Shorewood Hills from school together - 5 miles uphill both ways! LOL She was a loyal confidante, and we spent many hours discussing friends, school, and life. Her parents and siblings were very close growing up, and we retained contact through college and marriage to Tom - got to meet him when he was hang gliding nearby where I lived at that time. Never got to meet her two girls after she moved to the West Coast and was greatly saddened to learn of her passing many years ago.
Pat Remington - April 16th, 2021
Ann went to Shorewood Hills Elementary, and lived on Oxford Road, a few blocks from where I lived. She was quiet and easy going. Her dad was my dentist from my earliest memories.

Miriam Berger (Gross)

Birth Date: 0954-05-11
Deceased Date: 2020-07-17
Miriam (Gross) Berger died on July 17, 2020 at age 66.

Predeceased by her husband, Yaakov "Jay" Berger; father, George Gross; and brother, Martin Fettman. She is survived by her loving parents, Annette and Cantor Leo Fettman; devoted siblings, Aviva (Rabbi Joel) Schwab, Renana Gross (Steve Kristoff), Jack (Esther Malka) Fettman, and Rachel (Haim) Heifetz; nieces & nephews, Yoni, Ami, Yosef, Chavi, Bracha Freidel, Nissin, Atara, Yehudis, and Tehila Bracha; her beloved aide, Linda Bolton; and numerous great-nieces & nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins as well as Yaakov's family and many dear friends.

Miriam was born in Chicago on May 1, 1954, and spent her early life in Whiting, Indiana. Her father George Gross passed away on February 14, 1961, leaving her mother Annette with 4 young daughters. Annette married Cantor Leo Fettman on December 9, 1962, at which point Miriam acquired two brothers, Martin and Jack.

In 1963, the family of 8 moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where Leo became cantor of Beth Israel Center. After graduating from Madison West High School, Miriam spent 2 years studying at a Chabad seminary in France. She returned to Brooklyn, where she continued her studies.

When she married her bashert, Yaakov Berger, she moved with him to Rochester, New York, where she became a welcoming fixture in the community, especially when she hosted yeshiva students, new families, and friends at Shabbat and Yom Tov meals. Every Rosh Hashanah, she baked challah for the entire yeshiva student body. When Yaakov became ill and needed care in a nursing home, she volunteered in the home and remained a devoted presence for him until his passing.

Her commitment to chesed - to helping others - was epitomized by her years of service to the chevre kadisha, where she did the selfless work of preparing the deceased for burial. She worked in a variety of jobs, but her favorite was in the library, where she had easy access to the books that she loved. In addition to reading, Miriam adored young children, punny jokes, everything about Judaism, family, and community. She was a lifelong learner, always eager to speak about what she had learned in the many classes on Jewish subjects she participated in.

Her family from around the world and many friends from the Rochester community will miss her humor, caring, earnestness, wisdom, and warmth. Tehi zichra baruch - may her memory be for a blessing.

Graveside Services will be held on Monday, July 20, 2020, at 10 AM in the Monroe Section of Beth Hakneses Hachodesh section of Britton Road Cemetery. All in attendance are asked to please wear masks and observe social distancing throughout the service.
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Jesse Gruman

Birth Date: 1953-12-07
Deceased Date: 2014-07-14
GRUMAN--Jessie Christine. 60, of New York and Washington, DC, died at home in New York on July 14, 2014.

Jessie was born in Berea, KY, December 7, 1953, and grew up in upstate New York, Montana, Wisconsin and Oregon. She attended West Junior High School if Madison, and also West Senior High for 10th grade.

She graduated from Vassar College in 1975 and received a PhD in social psychology from Columbia University in 1984. In 1992, she founded the Center for Advancing Health, an independent, nonprofit research and policy institute based in Washington, DC, for which she served as president until her death.

She was the author of "AfterShock: What to Do When the Doctor Gives You or Someone You Love a Devastating Diagnosis." Jessie received honorary doctorates from Brown, Carnegie Mellon, Clark, Georgetown, New York, Northeastern, Salve Regina, Syracuse and Tulane Universities, and the Presidential Medal of the George Washington University. She was also honored by Research! America, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and the Society for Behavioral Medicine, which in 2014 created the Jessie Gruman Award for Health Engagement. She was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the Council on Foreign Relations. She was a fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine and the Society for Behavioral Medicine. She served on numerous boards and advisory panels including, most recently, the Center for Medical Technology Policy, the Claremont School of Community and Global Health, the Journal of Participatory Medicine, the Milbank Memorial Fund, the Sallan Foundation and VillageCare.

She is survived by Richard Sloan, her devoted and loving husband, and many loving family members. Memorial services will be held this fall in New York and Washington, DC. Memorial contributions may be made to the Jessie Gruman Memorial Fund at the Center for Advancing Health, Washington, DC; VillageCare, New York; the Southern Center for Human Rights, Atlanta; City Harvest, New York.
Ginny Rohlich - March 11th, 2022
Jessie and family moved into our neighborhood during 6th grade and she started at Randall. We quickly became good friends and her 3 brothers (Jep, Paul, and Peter) were in the same grades as 3 of mine (Henry, John, James) and our moms were close too. Jessie was brilliant and ended up graduating early and we mostly lost touch but I did connect with her later when she was in NYC. Her death was truly a loss to the whole world because she was one of those special humans who contributed to improving the health of all society. I dont think people as special as Jessie come along very often and I am lucky to have known her.
Pat Remington - March 5th, 2022
I met Jesse professionally in Washington DC during the 1990s, when I was working on cancer prevention as part of my job at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. We spoke fondly about our time together at West Junior High, and caught up on where various friends were. She was highly regarded in professional circles, as her bio indicates, and she was a tireless advocate for those suffering from a cancer diagnosis. She will be missed.

James Hatfield

Hatfield, James Ralph “Jim” III

MADISON—James Ralph “Jim” Hatfield III, age 67, died peacefully at home on Easter Sunday morning, April 12, 2020, with his loving wife, Cheryl, and their dogs by his side. He died from complications of heart failure.

He was born on Jan. 26, 1953, in Madison, the son of James Ralph Jr. and lone Hatfield.

Jim graduated from Madison West High School in 1972. He grew up on the west side of Madison and had a very happy, carefree childhood. His summer days were spent running around the nearby environs and backyard ravines with his many friends and neighbors. Halloween was an especially fun time for Jim as Ione and Ralph would always make homemade costumes that Jim loved. They usually contained battery power producing blinking lights or some other mechanical thing Ralph would rig up.

Jim was blessed with an affinity to relationships and made friends easily. He had friends in every walk of life and every age and could become instant friends with someone he met just five minutes before. His heart was obviously there on his sleeve.

Jim was a fella who covered a lot of dimensions, had the history of learning to understand all things he touched. He was well-versed with the basic automotive make-up, motorcycles and machinery. As was his father, Jim was a construction worker, a co-ordinate, a contractor and developer. His abilities had carried his interests, talents and desires to cover a variety of structures, add-ons and mall development. He had an eye for the overall project, but a special eye for the detail that made it outstanding.

The Cargill Lodge on Gilman Street in Madison held a special place in Jim’s life. He met more people and learned from the lodge residents, mostly UW students. The lodge was his home and neighborhood for more than 40 years. The residents would graduate and move on and Jim was always pleased to meet the new fresh faces that replaced them.

Jim treasured his diverse group of friends. Some stemmed from helping him at some level in his work, while many he grew to appreciate their high level of talent in fields they specialized. He relied heavily on them to feel and be safe working around dangerous situations, under machinery and on loose beams, precarious walls and structures during the build. These grew to become Jim’s special friends and they shined as a team. Had his team been a musical group, individually they may not have offered a spectacular solo, but together they made a symphony of sounds for all to appreciate.

Jim was delighted to be involved with the PDQ franchise of food stores. He was pleased to be able to offer input and even more proud to have worked with and be mentored by the founder, Sam Jacobsen.

For a period, Jim worked at Brunsell Lumber, where he was asked to repair and find use of many unusual machines. These were interesting, peculiar woodworking devices that were complex, left unused too long and simply old. Jim really enjoyed his position at Brunsell. Evidence of his time there exists throughout the shop. His lifetime of experience was his most valuable tool in his ability to solve problems. He would conquer any challenge presented to him, and always expressed pride and satisfaction in his work. His many talents were only outshone by his outgoing nature. He regarded everyone as his friend.

Jim and Cheryl were married for 16 years and made a fine life together. They selected an old country cabin and transformed it into a fine home nestled in a beautifully wooded surrounding. It became their haven for projects and comfortable country living and an enormous playground for their dogs.

It seems Jim was dealt a bad deck of cards regarding his health. He had heart surgery at too early an age. This slowed him down but didn’t stop his desire and drive to leave a legacy and impact for others to enjoy. His latest bout with a failing liver, kidneys and heart, brought about a difficult decision for him to make. He was given two weeks to live with hospital care or the opportunity to return home and take his chances. Jim chose to return home with Cheryl, his dogs and familiar surroundings, all of the things that brought him joy. This also allowed many close friends to visit, keeping social distancing rules in mind, in the all-too-short three-day period after returning home.

“Life is a long journey home.”

There will be a joyous and merry celebration of his life when we are able, then we can reminisce about this remarkable man with the wonderful laugh. We all miss you so much, Jim!! Obituary
ginny rohlich - July 24th, 2021
I remembered Jim from high school but didnt really hang out with his crowd so I was delighted when he reached out via Facebook later in life. I was happy to get to know the "grown-up Jim" and see how great he turned out. He always seemed to have a vibrancy and interest in everything and everybody.
Connie Buss-Gille - July 24th, 2021
Jim was such an individual, I remember the Austin Healey he drove to high school and then 10 or so years later seeing it all spread out in a garage where he intended to put it back together. Wonder if it ever was put together. He was so easy to talk to and a friend to all. Miss you Jim!

Christopher Charles Hoover

Birth Date: 1954-03-04
Deceased Date: 2005-11-23
Chris Charles Hoover, age 51, of Stoughton, passed away quietly in his sleep on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2005, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Chris is survived by his wife, Debra (Reis) of Stoughton; his sons, Matthew of Green Bay and Brett of Stoughton; his father, Tom Hoover, Sr. and stepmother, Ann Hoover of Madison; and his siblings, Tom (Dorothy) Hoover of Madison, Ruth (Dean) Werner of Seattle, Wash, and James Hoover of Madison. He was preceded in death by his mother, Viola Hoover.

Chris was dearly loved by all and will be sorely missed.

Chris (aka Peebo) went to West Junior High, and Debra went to Cherokee. They both attended West in 10th grade.
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Jug Hur

Birth Date: 1954-10-10
Deceased Date: 2022-01-19
Jug Hur - Oct. 10, 1954 - Jan. 19, 2022

MADISON - Jug Hur, passed away January 19, 2022.

Jug lived most of his life in Madison, but loved to travel back to Miami and Key Largo, FL. Jug was a lifelong motorsport enthusiast, race car driver, father, and grandfather. Jug was a lover of classic and antique cars, like his father before him.

Jug is survived by two children: J.R. Hur and Abbegail Balderas; and three grand children: Anthony Borden, Benjamin Rodriguez, and Eleanor Hur.

His second son, Alexander Borden, preceded him in death.

Published by on Jun. 5, 2022.
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Joseph Kasinski

Birth Date: 1953-12-09
Deceased Date: 2015-02-11
Joseph “Kaz” Kasinski, 61 of Lyndon Station, formerly of Oregon, Wisconsin passed away peacefully Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2015, from cancer, at the St. Clare Hospice House in Baraboo.

A Celebration of Life Gathering will be held at the Oregon Bowl in Oregon on Saturday, Feb. 14, from 2 -5 p.m. and a second Celebration will be held at Norm’s Bar in Lyndon Station on Sunday, Feb. 15, from 2 — 5 p.m.

Joe was born to Jean Carr and the late Frank Kasinski on Dec. 9, 1953 in Madison. Joe married Janet Young in 1988 and was blessed with his daughter, Anna, in 1993. Joe graduated from Madison West High School in 1972. He was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity at UW-Madison and managed The Pub on State Street for many years. He went on to become a member of Steamfitters local #394 and enjoyed his employment at General Heating and A.C.

After his wife, Janet’s death in 2003, Joe opened a franchised business called PostNet in Oregon. He was diagnosed with a rare aggressive cancer Chondrosarcoma in 2012. After multiple surgeries and hard fighting, his cancer spread to his lungs in the spring of 2014.

Joe is survived by his daughter, Anna Kasinski of Minneapolis; mother, Jean Carr of Oregon; sisters, Nancy Kasinski of Sycamore, Illinois, Mary Carr of Madison and Lisa Carr of Washington; niece, Ashley Kasinski of Baton Rouge, Louisiana and of course his three beloved dogs, Belgie, Brandie and Gwen as well as many other family members and friends. He was preceeded in death by his father, Frank, and his wife, Janet. Read the full obituary here
Ginny Rohlich - July 24th, 2021
Jo was part of the Randall gang. He seemed very sweet and soft-spoken and I dont recall him ever being anything but kind and never picking on the girls. (that's one of the things we tend to remember from those early years!)

Peter Alan Kenworthy

Birth Date: 1954-06-05
Deceased Date: 2003-07-04
Kenworthy, Peter A. LODI

Peter A. Kenworthy, age 49, died very unexpectedly on Friday, July 4, 2003, of injuries sustained from a motorcycle accident.

He was born on June 5, 1954, in Des Moines, Iowa, the son of James A. and Joy Anne (Bowers) Kenworthy. Peter grew up in Des Moines and later moved to Madison. He graduated from Stowe School in Stowe, Vt., where he pursued his love of skiing.

Peter worked his way up from lighting the snow making pots all the way up to assistant general manager at Devils Head Ski and Golf Resort. He loved to ski, snowboard, golf, and was an avid motorcycle enthusiast.

On May 18, 1985, he married Shelly McKenna, the love of his life, and together they raised two wonderful sons.

He was preceded in death by, his best friend and confidante, Stacy Poole.

The family suggests donations in memory ot Peter to the Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation, Avenue of Chiefs, Crazy Horse, SD 57730-9506.

Would you cry if I die today?
Or would you lie silent.
Would you laugh and dance?
Or would you sit and remember.
Would you mourn and feel sorry?
Or would you just come and care.
Peter A. Kenworthy Read the full obituary here
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Ronald Krogstad

Krogstad, Ronald W. "Ron"

MADISON - Ron Krogstad, age 66, died peacefully surrounded by family on March 22, 2021, in Madison, from complications due to COVID-19.

He was the beloved husband and best friend of Karen (Talasek), loving father of Amy and Andrew (Courtney), and adoring grandfather to Calvin and Parker. He will also be missed by his cocker spaniel, Wilson.

He was born on Oct. 20, 1954, in Fond du Lac, to Roland "Rollie" and Irma (Sorensen) Krogstad.

Ron grew up in the Madison area and graduated from Madison West High School. He worked as an appliance salesman in the Madison area for over 30 years. An avid sports fan, Ron enjoyed rooting for his favorite teams, especially the Badgers football and basketball programs. He loved golfing, traveling, music, cars, good food, and spending quality time with family and friends.

The family wishes to thank the incredible ICU staff of Meriter Hospital for the compassionate care given to Ron. Read the full obituary here
Bob Lucas - July 24th, 2021
'Ronnie' Krog was one of my best friends in high school and a really great guy. We went on a few ski trips together; played 4-Lakes basketball and summer league softball together; went on an insane camping trip with a few other classmates; and frequented 'Ripple Night' at the old Ridgewood Trace bar on Fish Hatchery Road (even though we were underage at the time). I stayed in touch with him for a few years after high school (playing city league basketball), but we lost track of each other after that. As far as I know, Ron lived in Madison for his entire life. Sadly, he contracted COVID-19 sometime last year and spent much time in the ICU. He finally succumbed to the virus in April of this year (2021). I went to his funeral (as did several other classmates) and truly regret not having connected with him in our later years. RIP Ronnie!

John Kunz

Birth Date: 1953-11-12
Deceased Date: 2011-10-17
Madison - John R. Kunz, age 57, of Madison, passed away on Monday, Oct. 17, 2011, at University Hospital. The cause of death is unknown.

John was born on Nov. 12, 1953, the son of John and Emma (Voss) Kunz.

He was a man of simplicity and his love for friends and family were his life! Memorials may be made to the Sun Prairie VFW Post No. 9362. Read the full obituary here
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Martha Lippitt (Laughter)

Birth Date: 1954-02-01
Deceased Date: 1999-10-10
Lippitt, Martha MADISON

Martha Lippitt. age 45, died on Sunday, October 10, 1999, at her home, after a two year struggle with breast cancer.

Martha was born on February 1, 1954 in Jefferson City, Missouri, the daughter of Clyde and Doris Laughter. She moved to Madison in 1964 and graduated from Madison West High School in 1972.

She married John Lippitt. the son of Roger and Barbara Lippitt in Madison on August 31. 1973.

For 26 vears, she lovingly devoted her life to her husband and children. For many years, she did volunteer work in the community, through the Madison West YMCA.

The family requests that-memorial gifts may be sent in Martha's name for research on breast cancer to University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center. K4 658 CSC, 600 Highland Avenue. Madison. Wisconsin 53792-0001. Read the full obituary here
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Debra A. Legreid

Birth Date: 1954-03-13
Deceased Date: 2005-10-16
Debra A. Legreid passed away at the age of 51, the date of death was 10/16/2005. Find the gravesite here
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David John LeMay

Birth Date: 1954-01-26
Deceased Date: 2003-07-17
LeMay, David J. MADISON
David J. LeMay, age 49, of Madison died on Thursday, July 17, 2003, at his home. The cause of death is unknown.

He was born on Jan. 26, 1954, in Wisconsin Rapids. He served his country in the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged. He worked for many years as a Telecommunications Technician. He loved animals, especially his cats. He also enjoyed the outdoors from hunting and camping, to scuba diving. Read the full obituary here Find the gravesite here
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Sheree Swetin (Lieberthal)

Birth Date: 1954-07-04
Deceased Date: 2007-06-03
Sheree L. Swetin, age 52, the executive director of the San Diego County Bar Association, died on Sunday, June 3, after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer.

She formerly resided in Lombard and Arlington Heights.

Born on the 4th of July, Sheree spent her childhood in Champaign, IL, and then in Madison, WI. At age 17, she first exercised her life-long passion for travel, leaving the United States to live on an Israeli Kibbutz near the Lebanese border. She remained on the Kibbutz for seven years, serving for much of that time as director of a residential children's facility.

Sheree traveled widely, visiting forty-eight of the fifty states, and also spent time in Europe and Israel. Sheree received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Nonprofit Management from Chicago's De Paul University and was designated a Certified Association Executive by the American Society of Association Executives.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the ACLU Foundation at and the National Lung Cancer Partnership at Please state that the donation is being made in memory of Sheree Swetin. the full obituary here Find the gravesite here
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John L. Lobenstein

Birth Date: 1954-10-27
Deceased Date: 1975-03-07
Lobenstein, John L MADISON

John L. Lobenstein, age 20, of 4505 Windigo Trail, died on Friday, March 7, 1975, at a local hospital. The cause of death is unknown.

Born October 27, 1954, at Racine, he was a student of the University of Wisconsin. He had attended Edgewood and the College ol St. Thomas. Read the full obituary here Find the gravesite here
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Olivia Naeseth

Naeseth, Olivia Louise
Olivia Louise Naeseth, age 39, of 4909 Sherwood Road, Madison, died on Wednesday, August 11, In Mount Horeb, due to complications from Multiple Sclerosis.

She was born on March 31, 1954, In Madison, the daughter of Gerhard and Milma (Petrell) Naeseth.

After attending the University of Wisconsin, she served for some years os administrative secretary on a research protect at the University of Wisconsin Institute of Environment. She then joined the staff of the Wisconsin Insurance Alliance as staff assistant, serving there until Illness forced her retirement.

Olivia was a lover of the outdoors. She was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church.

If friends desire, memorials may be mode to the Multiple Sclerosis Society or to Bethel Horizons. Read the full obituary here
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Timothy Robert Narowetz

Birth Date: 1954-05-31
Deceased Date: 2017-10-06
MADISON: Timothy Robert Narowetz
Tim Narowetz, age 63, died on October 6, 2017, following a life-long struggle with substance abuse.

Tributes about his life include:
-I just today heard of Tim's death. I am so sorry. He was such a kind person and I have good memories of him in high school. I was glad to reconnect with him on Facebook and see that he was still the warm, thoughtful person he had been years back.
-I will always remember Tim's good nature and smile. I will miss him.
-Tim was a long time friend who I shared many great times with over the years, especially in the high school and college days. He touched a lot of lives and was a quite a unique character, and a very loyal friend. My deep sympathies to Todd and Tracy.
-I was very sorry to hear of Tim's passing. Although it has been a very long time since I last saw him, I only have fond memories of him. May he rest in peace and be remembered in all of our hearts. May God bless Tim and all of your family and friends.
-I lived down the street from Tim as a kid and he was friendly from the first time we met by the bus stop. Tim was always kind and considerate to everyone and I especially appreciated his wonderful sense of humor. Read obituary here

Sally Schmidt - March 16th, 2022
Wow, I remember Tim very well. He was so positive and likeable. I recall one time when he was wrestling and he had to lose weight so he shaved his hair off. He got the name Tim "No-hair-owetz." I fondly mentioned him many times over the years to people who wanted to lose weight--just cut your hair! Such a sad ending.
Pat Remington - July 24th, 2021
I grew up with Tim and we were really good friends right up until his unfortunate passing. We caroused "The Village" together growing up, managing somehow to avoid getting caught by the police. His family, including younger brother Todd and sister Tracy) and ours spent many hours golfing at Blackhawk Country Club and skiing at Blackhawk Ski Club -- and Tim was a really good athlete and loved the sports for the pleasure, and not for the competition. I can think of countless great times that we had together. And to this day I wish that there was something that I could have done--should have done--as Tim continued to use and abuse drugs and alcohol. He seemed to find solace in them, as they dulled the pain that he suffered from. I miss his mischievous smile, and loyal friendship..

Susan Hope Nelson

Birth Date: 1954-10-26
Deceased Date: 2005-10-19
Susan "Susie" Nelson, age 50, a resident of Pelican Rapids, Minn., died on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005. The cause of death is unknown.

Susan Hope Nelson was born Oct. 26, 1954, in Montgomery, Ala., the daughter of Donald B. and Ellen May (Stemme) Nelson. In 1957, Susie and her family moved to Madison, Wis. In 1972, she graduated from Madison West High School. Susie attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and later completed her degree in nursing. From 1978 until 2002 Susie was a resident of Waunakee and then moved back to Madison until 2005. She recently moved to Pelican Rapids.

Susie really enjoyed caring for others, especially her three sons. She was a swim "Mom" for the youth swim team. Susie took great pride in her children's accomplishments. Susie will be greatly missed by her family. She was a caring and dedicated nurse, especially compassionate to the elderly. Susie's interests included arts and crafts, boating and fishing. She loved her two dogs, Casey and Casper, who were great companions throughout her life. Read the full obituary here Find the gravesite here

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Barbara Pauline Newcomb

Barbara predeceased her father, who passed away in April, 2022.
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John M. Nitka

Birth Date: 1953-05-12
Deceased Date: 2009-11-10
Nitka, John M. H.SUN PRAIRIE
John M. Nitka, age 56, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2009, in Fitchburg, of unknown causes.

He was born May 12, 1953, in Madison, the son of Joseph and Marion (Turk) Nitka. John was a great Packers fan and enjoyed working on cars in his spare time. He was known for his amazing and witty sense of humor. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was a longtime employee of Gardner Bakery.

On Jan. 3, 2009. John was united in marriage with Carol Ryan in Sun Prairie.

Military honors will be accorded at Sun Prairie Memory Gardens. In lieu of flowers, the family prefers memorials in John's name. Read the full obituary here Find the gravesite here
Pat Remington - August 31st, 2021
Kathy -- What a lovely tribute, and sage advice for us to all heed. Best regards, Pat
Kathy Flemming - August 30th, 2021
Sometimes people can be critical or opinionated of people they don't know well or know about their backgrounds. I sometimes heard such comments about John in high school. But I knew John well and his story is a poignant one. John and I were cousins, our mothers being sisters. We grew up two blocks from each other and knew each other well. He lived a challenging life. When we were 7 years old his mother died during her eighth pregnancy leaving 6 sons and one daughter. Eventually a step-mother would enter the scene and things would become even worse. I would see him at school and wonder how he could cope with what I knew to be happening in his life. Yet John was always friendly and made an effort to be upbeat. He struggled in school and did his best. When he had children he took it seriously and wanted his kids to do well in life. When he died his youngest was the same age he was when his mother had died. Your struggle was worth the effort John. You were loved and are remembered still.

John North

No obituary has been found for John. He may have died on June 14, 1995.
Tim Athan - March 21st, 2022
John was a creative, sensitive, fun fellow. He had a humorous angle on ordinary things. “I know that as well as I know the back of my hand.“ [John looks at the back of his hand and starts with surprise]. His letters were zany and fun, with paintings and streaming consciousness, and creative treatment of every aspect of the rules of letter writing, such as writing out the zip code in his return address as “Three Three Oh Four Oh.” One letter closed with “Say hello to Petter also say Hark! Animal Noises? Forest sounds” He thought about things. Most 16-year-olds wouldn’t have pondered this: “Have you ever really given much thought as to why your [sic] on this earth living? Why do you think you live? It’s really hard to explain or express but please tell me why you’re alive? Seriously now!” And, “I wonder what friendship is anyway. Usually in order to be someone’s friend I have to childishly idolize them. “ And, “Trying very hard to be myself and stay out of crowds, and contemplate a lot and not be to[o] sickening and hate who I dislike and love life and create something that expresses me, and avoid things I don’t like and not care how people react to me but I’m not doing to[o] well at all of them together but I find that the biggest part of life is trying to do them all.” And, “It’s almost 1971 now, how these years pass, but when I think of the past I can vaguely remember something good with each year, some new realization. I still haven’t been able to understand people, but searching is at least a start.”

Thomas R. Parent

Parent, Thomas R. "Tom" RIVER FALLS MADISON

Thomas R. "Tom" Parent, age 52, of River Falls, formerly of Madison, died unexpectedly on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006.

Visitation will be held on Monday, Nov. 20, 2006, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at CASHMAN MORTUARY, River Falls. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006, at 10 a.m. at ST. BRIDGET CATHOLIC CHURCH, in River Falls.

Connie Buss-Gille - July 24th, 2021
I remember Tom as a kind and smiling guy. Think he and "Ellie" were one of those high school couples we all liked.
Bob Emmerich - July 23rd, 2021
Tom was a fun and freewheeling guy in high school. We learned to scuba dive together and went to the senior prom with our dates in a 1949 Rolls Royce driven by a friend of his. He is truly missed.

Kurt A. Peters

Kurt A. Peters, age 64, of Northfield, Minn. died at home with his spouse Lise by his side, on Nov. 13, 2018. He struggled with grace and humor for more than three years with a rare thyroid cancer.

Kurt was born in Madison, to Dr. Henry and Jean Peters. He graduated from Malcolm Shabazz High School in 1972; earned a BS in geography at UW-Madison and an MA in Elementary Education from the University of St. Thomas, in St. Paul.

Kurt was a naturalist and educator. He worked for 24 years for Belwin Outdoor Science, a unique program of the St. Paul Public School district, introducing urban children to natural sciences on woodland property near Afton, Minn. He enjoyed the daily task of trying to help children find a connection to the natural world, and to convey that we are all part of this world. His interest in people was broad. He also enjoyed teaching adult English Language Learners for more than fifteen years, both in St. Paul and in Northfield.

He was married to Lise Faillettaz, his life partner of 31 years. Together they developed a passion for hand thrown ceramics and enjoyed music and art, walks and sits in the woods, poetry, cooking, picking stones on the North Shore and summer visits to Lake Vermilion. Kurt had a lovely voice and loved to sing. He was known by friends for his kindness, thoughtfulness and humor.

We extend gratitude to the Scholz family, to Cora and Miriam Scholz-Carlson and Wendy who helped take care of Kurt in his last two weeks of life with love and great care. Read the full obituary here Find the gravesite here
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Andrea Berto (Plaut)

Birth Date: 1954-06-20
Deceased Date: 2012-08-29
MADISON - Andrea (Plaut) Berto, 58, died Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at Agrace HospiceCare, Madison, surrounded by loving family and friends.

Andrea was born June 20, 1954, in Oakland, Calif. She was a resident of Madison since 1956, attending school at West High and the Free School.

Andrea met her beloved husband, Kenneth Berto, when they were both working at Ovens of Brittany restaurant. They married in 1984, the same year Andrea graduated from UW-Madison with a B.S. in Art. Andrea's love of art and interest in gardening and horticulture led her into floral design. She was a partner of Fleurishes Design Studio for many years, becoming sole proprietor in 2007. Andrea was a talented artist who used flowers to express her exquisite sensitivity to colors and their harmonies. She loved the fleeting nature of flowers and captured their ephemeral magic with her skillful creations. Andrea's work with flowers was a natural extension of her own unique elegance and beauty.

Above all else, Andrea cherished her sons, Timothy and Tristan, for whom she felt overwhelming appreciation and pride. Andrea was an intelligent, creative, kind and sincerely generous person who will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her beloved sons; her mother, Nicole (Colen) Plaut of Madison; brother, Eric Plaut of Clinton, Iowa; and sisters, Miriam Plaut of Kansas City, Mo. and Jessica Plaut of Amherst, Mass.

She was preceded in death by her father, Walter Plaut in 1990; and her husband, Kenneth Berto in 2003.

A memorial service will be held at the FIRST UNITARIAN MEETING HOUSE, 900 University Bay Drive on Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012, at 2 p.m.

Contributions to a memorial fund on her sons' behalf are gratefully accepted. Andrea's memorial fund will be accessible from for this purpose.

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Stacy Andreas Poole

Birth Date: 1954-06-13
Deceased Date: 1983-12-03
Poole, Stacy A. MADISON
Stacy A. Poole, age 29, died on Saturday, December 3, 1983, as a result of a car accident.

He was born on June 13, 1954, in Madison, and has been a life long resident. He was a graduate of West High School in 1972, and at the time of his death was attending MATC in Madison. He is survived bv his fiance, Leslie-Anne Endres of Madison.

Accident Kills Madison Man
A Madison man died and three people were injured early Saturday after a car was struck broadside by another auto at Gammon and Mineral Point roads. Stacy A. Poole, 29, of 2649 Van Hise Ave., died from chest injuries shortly after arrival at University Hospital. Poole was the son of Stanley Poole, vice president of Poole's Cuba Club, 3416 University Ave. The driver of the second car, Scott T. Markart, 23, of 7307 South Ave., Middleton, was in satisfactory condition late Saturday at St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center. Police said he faces arrest on a tentative charge of homicide by intoxicated use of a motor vehicle. Three passengers in the Markart's car were treated for injuries at Madison hospitals.

Police said Poole was driving a Chevrolet Caprice west on Mineral Point Road about 2 a.m. Saturday when his car was hit broadside by a Chevrolet Blazer driven by Markart. Poole was the 49th person to die this year in Dane County traffic accidents. Last year, the county recorded 45 traffic fatalities. Read the news about the accident here Read the full obituary here Find the gravesite here
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William Benjamin Prince

Deceased Date: 2008-05-20
Prince, Capt. Bill MADISON
Capt. Bill Prince, age 54, owner and operator of Nordic Diver Great Lakes Charters (, died unexpectedly of unknown causes while diving in Lake Wazee near Black River Falls on Tuesday, May 20, 2008.

Bill was born in Madison on Sept. 13, 1953, to Stacer Prince and Amy Shohet. He was a graduate of West High School where he played goalie on the varsity hockey team, built and raced motorcycles, and was an accomplished archer. He was involved in several local businesses in Madison and indulged in many outdoor activities but most of all, he loved boats and the water.

He tried life in Arizona where he lived for 10 years and while there founded Santa Fe Designs, a furniture manufacturing company. He returned to Madison in 1999 to follow his first love: boats and the water. He bought his first charter boat, the Nordic Diver, in 2001, based it in Milwaukee at Jerry's Dock, and began to live his dream to explore the Great Lakes in search of long-lost shipwrecks.

In 2007, he bought his second charter boat, the Molly V, which could travel to distant locations (Lake Huron, Lake Superior and Lake Michigan) for those who wanted these new adventures in diving with Bill. Bill and his soul mate, Jitka Hanakova, spent the summer of 2007 traveling with the Molly V taking divers to many known as well as newly found shipwrecks. In 2005, the program, "Deep Sea Detectives" on The History Channel, chartered Bill and the Nordic Diver to film an episode about the sunken Milwaukee Car Ferry. Bill arranged for Ken Wagner to be on board and in the water as a guide for cast members Richie Kohler ( and John Chatterton. Richie and John had plans to come back this year with Bill to film and explore the German World War I submarine UC-97 off of Chicago.

Bill took a huge pride in taking divers where they wanted to go and will be remembered by his great achievements such as the Carl D. Bradley and Aurania expeditions. Bill was employed by the Mullins Group in Madison and the family is grateful for their many considerations. He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

As Bill would say, "It's just another day in paradise." Read the full obituary here Find the gravesite here
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William Byron (Bill) Selbo

Birth Date: 1954-04-09
Deceased Date: 1985-08-29
Selbo, William Byron LAKE MARION, ILLINOIS
William Byron Selbo, age 31, died from accidental drowning on Thursday, August 29, 1985, in Lake Marion, Illinois.

He was born in Madison on April 9, 1954.

William will be deeply missed by his family and friends. Read the full obituary here
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Ginny Rohlich - July 22nd, 2021
I think playing outside with Billie on chadbourne ave is probably one of my first memories. We grew up together as part of the neighborhood gang. In those days, all free time was spent outdoors, no matter how hot or cold or snowy it was. I remember that his family seemed somewhat “exotic” because maybe their Norwegian grandfather lived with them? So very sad that he died so young. I think of his family whenI go back to Madison and hope they are well.

Robert (Bobby) Skinner

Birth Date: 1953-09-15
Deceased Date: 1990-12-21
Skinner, Robert "Bobby" MADISON
Robert "Bobby" Skinner, age 37, died on Friday, December 21, 1990 from cancer.

He was born September 15, 1953 In Madison. Bobby was a graduate of West High School.

The family suggests memorials be mode to the American Cancer Society or to the donors choice. Read the full obituary here

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