Monday, December 24, 1990

Obituary: Joanne Hildebrandt

MADISON - Mrs. Joanne M. Noe, age 28, of 641 Knickerbocker St., died on Wednesday, December 24, 1975 at Janesville following an auto accident. Born November 16, 1947 in Madison, she was the former Joanne Hildebrandt. She is survived by one son, David; a daughter, Renee; her mother Mrs. Dolores Hildebrandt; one brother, Dale; and her grandmother, Mrs. Stella Wentworth, all of Madison. Funeral services will be held at the JOYCE FUNERAL HOME, 5701 Odana Rd., at 2 p.m. on Monday, December 29, the Rev. Dale R. Hanaman officiating. Burial at Sunset Memory Gardens. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, December 28 at the JOYCE FUNERAL HOME, 5701 Odana Rd.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 27, 1975

Sunday, December 23, 1990

Obituary: F. Lucille Reid

MADISON - F. Lucille Reid, age 81, formerly of 213 Westmoreland Boulevard, died on Thursday, December 20, 1984, at a local nursing home. She was born on January 4, 1903 in Cambridge, Wisconsin, the daughter of Reverend H. Frank and Lottie Reid. She graduated from Onalaska Kansas High School and Hastings Nebraska College. She taught French at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and was head of the French House for many years. She also taught French at Central High School, Madison, from which school she retired several years ago. Lucille and her parents were members of Christ Presbyterian Church for many years. She is survived by her beloved brother, George of San Jose, California; two loving sisters-in-law, Delores Reid of San Jose, and Marge Reid of Schenectady, New York; a niece; six nephews; and two very dear cousins, Willis and Roger Hammond of Kenosha, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her twin brothers, James and Richard. Graveside services will be held at Forest Hill Cemetery, 1 Speedway Road on Wednesday, December 26, 1984, at 11:00 a.m. The Reverend John R. Johnson will officiate. The family suggests that memorials be made to Christ Presbyterian Church, 944 E. Gorham St. There will be no visitation. A memorial service will be held at a later date. CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, is in charge of the arrangements.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 23, 1984

Wednesday, December 12, 1990

Obituary: Allan Argue

Allan Argue, 51, Ex-Teacher, Dies

Allan S. Argue, 51, of 3902 Fern Ct., former head of the mathematics department at Central High School, died Tuesday (Dec. 10, 1968) in a hospital.

Mr. Argue was born in Belleville. He received a bachelor of arts degree in 1939 and a mater's degree in 1940 from the University of Wisconsin.

From 1942 to 1946 Mr. Argue taught high school in Antigo. He then taught mathematics and science at Madison Central High School until 1963. Mr. Argue was the head of the mathematics department at Central High School.

He was a member of the Bethany United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, the former Carol Nelson; two daughters, Susan and Cheryl, both at home; and two sisters, Mrs. Ann Snyder, 1814 Cameron Dr.; and Mrs. Roleah Nelson, 2306 Gilbert Rd.

The funeral will be at 1 p.m. Friday in the church. Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at the Frautschi Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Rd.

Burial will be in Montrose Cemetery. Memorials may be made to neurological research at the University of Wisconsin Hospitals.

Note: The above is from the Wednesday, December 12, 1968 Obituary Section of the Wisconsin State Journal. At this time, obituaries were still news stories, written by newspaper staff, not families. The obituary was accompanied by a photo -- at that time the sign of an important or newsworthy person, not a commonplace occurrence. Unfortunately, there was an error in the photo caption. Mr. Argue's first name was spelled "Allen." The correct spelling is "Allan."

Tuesday, November 06, 1990

Obituary: Darleen McCormick

MADISON - Miss Darleen A. McCormick, age 69, of 834 Ottawa Trail, died on Tuesday, November 4, 1980 at a local nursing home. Miss McCormick was born on March 10, 1911 in Milwaukee. She was a graduate of the Wisconsin School of Music and received a BA degree in Kindergarten and Primary Education at Milwaukee State Teachers College. She received a Masters Degree in Music from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before coming to Madison, "Miss Mac" taught music at Montello, Wisconsin Dells, and Cudahy. From 1947-1969 she was a vocal music teacher at Central High School. From 1969 until her retirement, she taught at Sennett Middle School. She was a former president of Phi Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma and was the immediate past State President of the Delta Kappa Gamma. Funeral services will be held at the JOYCE FUNERAL HOME, 5701 Odana Rd., at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 7. Reverend Richard Pritchard will officiate. Friends may call from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, November 6, at the Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on November 6, 1980

Tuesday, October 23, 1990

Obituary: Nina Fredrickson

Nina Fredrickon,
School Teacher, Dies


ROCHESTER, N.Y. - Nina B. Fredrickson, 69, a former Madison resident, died in Rochester Friday.

She was born in Dundee. She graduated from the National College of Education, Chicago, Ill., and the University of Wisconsin in 1928.

Miss Fredrickson taught in schools in rural Illinois and Madison for 38 years. She was also director of guidance at Central High School in Madison.

Surviving is a brother, Leon B. Fredrickson, Elgin, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Frautschi Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Rd., Madison.

Note: The above is from the Sunday, October 25, 1970 Obituary Section of the Wisconsin State Journal. At this time, obituaries were still news stories, written by newspaper staff, not families. There was no photo accompanying the obituary. The photo shown here is from the 1964 Tychoberahn. According to the SSDI, Miss Fredrickson was born April 2, 1901.


Fredrickson Rites

Memorial services for Miss Nina B. Fredrickson, 69, of Rochester, N.Y., who died Friday, will be at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the Frautschi Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Rd.

She was a former Madison Central High School guidance director and taught in Madison schools for 38 years.

Memorials may be made to the Roger Burkhahn Memorial Fund, in care of Mr. and Mrs. LaVern Burkhahn, 671 Chester St., Elgin, Ill., 60120, for the University of Montana School of Forestry Scholarship.

Note: The above is from the Tuesday, October 27, 1970 Obituary Section of the Wisconsin State Journal. At this time, obituaries were still news stories, written by newspaper staff, not families.

Thursday, September 13, 1990

Obituary: Constance Burchette

MADISON - Constance Lea Arnold (Burchette) age 28, of 605 Wheeler Road, died on Wednesday, September 1974 at a Madison hospital. Born in Madison, August 1, 1946, she was a lifelong Madison resident. She attended Central High School and was employed by Browndale International. Survivors include her husband, Tim; two daughters, Kim and Kristen, at home; her step-father, Cornelius Howard of Madison’ three brothers, Robert, Joseph and John, of Madison; and two sisters, Judith Coffey and Sandra Conners, both of Madison. A memorial mass will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 14, at St. Patrick’s Church, 410 E. Main St. The Schroeder Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 13, 1974

Wednesday, August 15, 1990

Obituary: Robert M. Rieser, Jr.

MADISON - Robert M. Rieser, Jr., age 63, of 3806 Hammersley Avenue, died on Tuesday, August 14, 1984, in a local hospital. He was born in Superior, Wisconsin on May 24, 1921, and married Frances Levenick on October 25, 1946. He was a graduate of Shattuck Military Academy, a graduate of Wisconsin High School, and of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Rieser taught for two years at Fort Atkinson, was a teacher and coach for 27 years at Central high School, and for five years at East High School. He worked 36 summers at the University of Wisconsin Lifesaving Station. He was a veteran of WW II, serving with the 87th Infantry Division, and a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge. He was a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church, Masonic Lodge Madison #5, Chi Psi Fraternity, and numerous educational associations. He is survived by his wife, Frances; four children, Sue Mahoney of Pennsylvania, Patty Wochinski, Bob Rieser III, Kathy Rieser, all of Madison; five grandchildren; his mother, Katherine Rieser, Sr.; and a brother, William Rieser of Madison. He was preceded in death by his father, Robert M. Sr.; and a sister, Mary Eleanor Rieser. Private family memorial services will be held on Friday morning, August 17. The family suggests that memorials be made to the Limnology Lab in care of the University of Wisconsin Foundation. CRESS FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on August 15, 1984

Tuesday, July 31, 1990

Obituary: Victor Lanning

Victor Lanning, 61, Central High Teacher, Dies

Victor Lanning, 61, of 4309 Somerst lane, a social studies teacher at Central-University High School, died Friday (July 30, 1965) in a Madison hospital after a brief illness.

Mr. Lanning taught in the Madison school system since 1930, teaching at Nakoma, West, and Central-University High schools.

He was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and was research assistant in the university economics department.

He was a veteran of World War II and was a member of the Masonic lodge, First Congregational Church, the State Historical Society, and several education groups.

In 1950, Mr. Lanning published "The Wisconsin Tourist," a study of the state's recreational resources for tourists.

Survivors include his wife, Florence; a daughter, Victoria, at home; and two sisters, Mrs. Emil Larson, 1849 Jenifer st., and Mrs. Wyatt Adkins, DeForest.

Funeral arrangements are pending at the Frautschi funeral home, 3610 Speedway rd. Memorials may be made to the Central-University High school scholarship fund.


Note: The above is from the Saturday, July 31, 1965 Obituary Section of the Wisconsin State Journal. At this time, obituaries were still news stories, written by newspaper staff, not families. The punctuation and capitalization are as they appeared in newspaper.

Monday, July 30, 1990

Obituary: Trumann ("Terry") Karabis

MADISON - Trumann J. Karabis, age 26, of 405 Welch Avenue, died on Tuesday, July 30, 1974 at a Madison hospital. Born Aug. 16, 1947 in Madison, he was a 1965 graduate of Madison Central High School. He attended MATC for two years and he obtained his Master of Arts degree in 1973 from the University of Wisconsin School of Social Work. He majored in Behavioral Disabilities Studies. He had worked for the past year and a half as a counselor for the State of Wisconsin, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. He was a member of M.O.B/I/L/E and was a volunteer worker on Mayor Soglin’s Citizen’s Advisory Commission for the Physically Disabled and he was a former president of the University of Wisconsin Handicapped Student Association. He was a member of Plymouth Congregational Church. Survivors include his parents, Mr. and Mrs. James P. Karabis, 405 Welch Ave.; a brother, Carey, at home; and his paternal grandmother, Mrs. Angeliki Karabis. Madison funeral services will be held at Ryan-Peterson Funeral Home, 6025 Monona Dr., at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 1, The Rev. Paul A. Kehle officiating. Burial in Roselawn Memorial Park. Friends may call from 4-9 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31, at Ryan-Peterson Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Madison Area Chapter of Muscular Dystrophy Association.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 31, 1974

Monday, June 11, 1990

Obituary: Dennis Keating

"Dennis Keating Killed When Car Rolls Over Here"

MADISON, WISCONSIN (June 11, 1970) - Dennis Keating, 23, of 924 E. Mifflin St., an employee of the GTC Auto Parts Co., Madison, was killed about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday (June 10, 1970) in a rollover car accident in the 4700 block of E Washington Ave. when he and a friend were returning from the Sun Prairie auto races.

The friend, Peter M. Windfeldt, 22, of 6307 Winnequah Rd., who owned the car, was released after treatment at Methodist Hospital for multiple cuts and bruises.

Police said the car "sailed" off a graded curve and rolled over several times before stopping about 400 feet off the avenue. Windfeldt told police Keating was driving and neither of them was wearing seatbelts. Coroner Clyde Chamberlain Jr. said the death remains under investigation.

Keating, a Madison native, is survived by his wife, Barbara, and a young daughter, Genna; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Keating, and six sisters and brothers: Linda Ann, Sherrie Lee, Lori Marie, Robert, James, and William, all of 834 E. Johnson St., and his grandmother, Mrs. Marie Sundbakken, Stoughton.

The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the Schroeder Funeral Home, 3325 E. Washington Ave., where friends may call after 4 p.m. today. It was the 33rd traffic death in Madison and Dane County this year.

Note: The above was originally published in the Obituary Section of the Wisconsin State Journal. At this time, obituaries were still "news stories," written by newspaper staff, not families.

Saturday, May 05, 1990

Obituary: Earl D. Brown

Earl D. Brown Dies; Was School Principal

Earl D. Brown, 73, of 4201 Hiawatha Dr., former principal of Central Junior-Senior High School, died Tuesday (May 4, 1971) in a Madison nursing home after a long illness.

Bonr on a farm near Madison, Mr. Brown spent many years working within the Madison school system. He received his bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1921 and his master's in 1922.

He then went to Fond du Lac to teach, but after a few years decided he was too far away from Madison.

In 1925 he went to Cambridge as principal of its high school, but moved again in 1929 to Janesville where he bacame a junior-senior high vice principal.

In 1931 representatives of the Town of Nakoma asked Mr. Brown to be principal of their school, which was about to be annexed to the city. He took the post and later was transferred to East Junior High School where he also served as principal.

In 1935, Mr. Brown left East to serve as secretary to the Madison Board of Education and business manager for the city school system. He held those positions for 14 years.

In 1949 he left Madison again for California, but returned in 1950 to become principal of Central Junior'Senior High School. He retired in 1961.

Mr. Brown was a World War I veteran, and a member of the Madison, Southern Wisconsin and National Education Assns., and the Wisconsin and National Seconday Principals Assns.

He was a former director of the Madison Teachers Credit Union, and a member of the University United Methodist Church, the Kiwanis Club, the National World Federalists, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Mu Alpha, and Sinfonia, a musical fraternity.

Mr. Brown was married in 1923 to Winifred Collier.

Surviving besides his wife, are two daughters, Mrs. Orville Lilequist, Milwaukee; and Mrs. Eugene Krist, Watertown; a son, Dr. Richard Brown, Albuquerque, N. Mex.; a brother, Harold, Volga, S.D.; and 13 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. in the University United Methodist Church here, with the Rev. Robert J. Trobaugh officiating. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Friends may call at the church on Friday from 1 p.m. until the time of the services.

The family said memorials may be made to the University United Methodist Church, 1127 University Ave., or to National World Federalists.


Note: The above is from the Wednesday, May 5, 1971 Obituary Section of The Capital Times. At this time, obituaries were still news stories, written by newspaper staff, not families. The obituary was accompanied by a photo -- at that time the sign of an important or newsworthy person, not a commonplace occurrence. Unfortunately, there is an error in the second paragraph, which begins "Bonr" instead of "Born."

Thursday, May 03, 1990

Obituary: Gary Johnson

"Seaman Gary Johnson Dies in Vietnam Action"

MADISON, WISCONSIN (May 3, 1969) - Seaman Gary Alan Johnson, 21, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Milton M. Johnson, 3725 Hammersley Ave., was killed in action Wednesday (April 30, 1969) in Vietnam.

He was a 1965 graduate of Central High School and a member of Glenwood Moravian Church.

Surviving besides his parents are a brother, Kim, and a sister, Laurie, both at home, and his grandmother, Mrs. Milton Johnson, Sr., 501 Olin Ave.

Arrangements are pendng at the Frautschi Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Rd.

Note: The above was taken from the May 3, 1969 Obituary Section of the Wisconsin State Journal. At this time, obituaries were still “news stories,” written by newspaper staff, not families.

Wednesday, April 25, 1990

Obituary: Leona Kuster

MADISON - Mrs. Arnold V. (Leona) Kuster, nee Warnke, age 74, died on Friday, April 24, 1987 at a local hospital. She was born on May 10, 1912 at Waco, Nebraska. She graduated from Lewis Institute, Chicago, with a degree of B.S. in Arts and Sciences. She did post graduate work at Indiana University, Purdue University, University of Washington-Seattle and the University of Wisconsin. She was a librarian for 12 years at Wanatah, Indiana Public Library. In 1962 she moved to Madison where her husband became Pastor of Our Saviour's Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was a teacher of German and English in the Madison School System, first at Central High School and then at LaFollette High School, retiring in 1976. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, an honorary teachers society. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church. She is survived by her husband, The Rev. Arnold V. Kuster, Pastor Emeritus; two sons, Rev. Theodore F. Kuster, Missionary in Panama and Dr. Thomas A. Kuster, Professor at Dr. Martin Luther King College, New Ulm, Minnesota; her daughter Mrs. Robert O. Mickelson (Ruthann), teacher at East Side Lutheran School, Madison; 18 grandchildren; and one sister, Lois Rodenbeck of Fort Wayne, Indiana. She was preceded in death by her parents George & Alma Warnke. Funeral services will be held on Monday, April 27, 1987 at 10:30 a.m. at GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH, 1 S. Rosa Road, Madison (corner of Rosa Road and Regent St.). The Reverend Warren A. Granke will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Memory Gardens Cemetery. Friends may call from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 26 at the GUNDERSON FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Grace Lutheran Church of Faith Mission Society.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on April 25, 1987

Monday, April 09, 1990

Obituary: Elizabeth Ritzmann

Central Teacher, Miss Ritzmann, Dies at Age 65

Miss Elizabeth L. Ritzmann, 65, of 301 Palamino Lane, a well-known Madison high school teacher, died in a Chicago hospital Sunday (April 7, 1968) after a brief illness.

Miss Ritzmann was born in Chicago and lived in Madison since 1926. She was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the University of Chicago. Since 1929, Miss Ritzmann taught at Central-University High School, where she headed the English department for 10 years.

She is survived by her mother, Mrs. Laura Ritzmann, 301 Palamino Lane, and a brother, Fred, Elmhurst, Ill.

The funeral will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Frautschi Funeral Home, 3810 Speedway Rd., where friends may call after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Note: The above is from the Tuesday, April 9, 1968 Obituary Section of the Wisconsin State Journal. At this time, obituaries were still news stories, written by newspaper staff, not families. The obituary was accompanied by a photo -- at that time the sign of an important or newsworthy person, not a commonplace occurrence.

Thursday, March 22, 1990

Obituary: Kay Millward

POMPANO BEACH, FLORIDA/MADISON - Mrs. Kay L. Luxem, age 42, of Pompano Beach, Florida, died on Sunday, March 19, 1989, at her home in Florida. She was born on September 16, 1946 in Madison. She was the former Kay Millward. Mrs. Luxem worked for Wisconsin Bell for over 14 years before moving to Florida. She is survived by her husband, Donald; two daughters, Wanda Luxem, and Michelle Luxem, both of Fort Lauderdale, Florida; her mother, Mrs. Elaine Millward of Madison, two brothers, Richard Millward of Ketchum, Idaho, and Ronald Millward of Green Bay, Wisconsin; and a sister, Sharon Fredenberg of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin. She was preceded in death by her father, Clarence Millward. Funeral services will be held at the Joyce Funeral Home, 540 West Washington Avenue, at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 24, 1989, with the Reverend A.L. Braunschweig officiating. Friends may call from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, at the Joyce Funeral Home.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 22, 1989

Sunday, March 04, 1990

Obituary: Richard (Ric) Sundquist

MADISON - Richard (Ric) Sundquist, age 33, of 6201 Strathmore Lane, died on Monday, March 2, 1981 in a local hospital. He was born on November 15, 1947 in Madison, and had been a lifelong resident of Madison. He was employed with the Baskin-O and V Clothiers. He was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where he served on the Church Council and was Sunday School Superintendent, a member of Blackhawk Country Club, and a past president of the local A.C.T.W.U. Surviving are his wife, the former Susan Ellickson; a daughter, Kathie; his mother, Mrs. Shirley Sundquist, and his grandmother, Mrs. Olive Steinhauer, both of Madison, and many relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 322 E. Washington Avenue, at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 5, 1981, with the Reverend Gilbert Splett and the Reverend Joel Diemer officiating. Burial will be in the Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the Schroeder Funeral Home, 3325 E. Washington Avenue, from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday and prior to the services at the church. Memorials may be given to the Diabetes Association or to St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 4, 1981

Friday, March 02, 1990

Obituary: Dean Urben

Dean Urben, 20, Dies as Auto Somersaults


MADISON, WISCONSIN (March 2, 1968) - Dean R. Urben, 20, a University of Wisconsin freshman and son of Dr. Walter J. Urban, head of Mendota State Hospital, was killed about 5:20 a.m. Friday in a car crash hear the hospital grounds home where he lived with his parents at 301 Troy Dr.

Young Urben’s 1967 Chevrolet Impala convertible crashed through a railroad overpass guardrail on Knutson Dr., just off Northport Dr., and somersaulted - feet unto the North Western Railroad right-of-way below, landing on its top. Police Investigator John T. Randall reported Dean was driving alone.

Deputy Coroner John Stevenson said the death was accidental and no inquest will be held.

It was the 10th traffic fatality in Madison and Dane County this year.
Dean was a member of the United Methodist Church of Christ, the Army’s 44th General Hospital Reserve Unit, and Psi Upsilon fraternity.

Surviving are his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Urben, and three brothers: David, at home, John, Rt. 1 Oregon, and Noel, Milwaukee.

The funeral will be at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Frautschi Funeral Home, 3610 Speedway Rd., where friends may call from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the University of Wisconsin Medical School.

Note: The above was taken from a news story originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 2, 1968. I was unable to find a separate obituary. The number of feet (in the second paragraph) was not included -- apparently a typographical error.

Wednesday, February 28, 1990

Obituary: Miss Vida V. Smith

MADISON - Miss Vida V. Smith, age 86, of 6209 Mineral Point Road died on Saturday, February 26, 1983, at a local nursing home. Born in Mondovi, Wisconsin on September 23, 1896, she had been a Madison resident for most of her life. Miss Smith was a principal of Central High School for many years. She was a member of the First Congregational Church. Survivors are a sister, Otiska Fellows of Rochester, Minnesota and many nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at the FIRST CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH CHAPEL at 1609 University Avenue at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 1, with the Reverend Wells Grogan officiating. Burial will be in Mondovi. Friends may call from 5 to 7 p.m. on Monday at the CRESS FUNERAL HOME at 3610 Speedway Road. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday afternoon in Mondovi.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on February 28, 1983

Wednesday, February 21, 1990

Obituary: Homer Winger

MADISON - Homer P. Winger, age 76, of 2013 Freemont Ave., died on Friday, February 19, 1982 at a local hospital. He was born on November 11, 1905 in Walnut, Illinois. He attended the University of Illinois, Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, the University of Iowa, and the University of Wisconsin, where he received a master’s degree in social sciences. His teaching career began in 1932 in Geneseo, Illinois, moving to the Madison, Wisconsin schools in 1943 and teaching until 1961. His principalships included two years in Kasbeer, Illinois, and eight years at Madison Central Junior High. He retired in 1969. Survivors include his wife, Violet, three daughters, Phyllis Winger of Palm Springs, California, Mrs. Marilee Hart of Grayslake, Illinois, and Mrs. Charles Aschenbrenner of Rochester, Illinois; seven grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and a brother, Clifton Winger of Sheffield, Illinois. A private funeral service will be held at the FRAUTSCHI - CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Rd.; on Monday, February 22. Entombment will be in the Roselawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. There will be no visitation. The family suggests memorials be made to the American Heart Association or the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on February 21, 1982

Monday, February 05, 1990

Obituary: Bruce C. Fibikar

MERRILLVILLE, INDIANA - Bruce C. Fibikar, age 42, died in Merrillville, Indiana. Bruce grew up in Madison and graduated from Central High School. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War, from 1963 to 1967. He is survived by a sone, Scott, of Madison; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Fibikar of Naples, Florida; and two sisters, Suzanne Fink of Milwaukee, and Diane LaCombe of Sullivan. A memorial service will be held at the CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 6, 1988, with Reverend Gerald Anderson officiating.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on February 5, 1988.


On February 6, 2006, Bruce's sister, Suzanne emailed the following update:
Bruce Churchill Fibikar; class of 1965, died Feb 1988. He was an Air Force Veteran. He has a son, Scott Fibikar, Daughter-in-law Janelle, and two beautiful grandchildren, Hanna and Tayler. Suzanne Vitullo (Bruce's Sister)

Sunday, February 04, 1990

Obituary: Bruce Knox

Madison GI Killed in War is Honored



MADISON, WISCONSIN (September 18, 1968) - Nine months after his death in Vietnam action in February, a Madison GI has been awarded a host of medals for valor.

Army Cpl. Bruce Knox, son of Mr. and Mrs. Warner Knox, 1862 Fisher St., received the Silver and Bronze Stars, the Air Medal, Purple Heart, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign Ribbons, and Combat Infantry Badge.

The honors were presented to his parents by Col. Edward G. Pike, military science professor and head of the Army ROTC program at the University of Wisconsin.

Cpl. Knox was cited for his actions during a mission near Hue, the old Imperial capital in the northern part of South Vietnam.

While serving as a rifleman with the 12th Cavalry Division, Cpl. Knox twice moved through hostile fire, once to assist a wounded GI, the second time to administer first aid to a wounded soldier.

After returning to his position he was mortally wounded.

Note: The above was taken from a news story published in the Wisconsin State Journal on September 18, 1968. Bruce was killed on February 4, 1968.



Cpl. Bruce Knox
Dies in Vietnam


Army Cpl. Bruce Knox, 20, of 1861 Fisher St., was killed in action in Vietnam Feb. 4

His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Warner Knox were notified of his death Sunday.

He was a member of the First Calvary Division and had been in Vietnam for nine months.

A graduate of Central High School, he was a former employee of the Gisholt Machine Co. he was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

He is survived by his parents and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Laura Herron, Chicago.

Arrangements are pending at the Joyce Funeral Home, 540 W. Washington Ave.

Note: The above was taken from a news story published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 16, 1968

Saturday, January 13, 1990

Obituary: Stephen W. Rasmussen

HOUSTON, MINNESOTA - Stephen W. Rasmussen, age 35, of Route 1, Houston, died of an accidental gunshot wound at his home on Saturday, January 8, 1983. He was born in Madison, Wisconsin to Melford and Ruth Rasmussen. He worked as a window washer in Madison. Survivors are his wife, the former Diane Loper of La Crosse; three daughters, Jennie and Stephanie Rasmussen of Lancaster, Wisconsin and Angel Marie Arnold of La Crosse; two sons, Billy Joe Arnold of LaCrosse and Steve Rasmussen of Lancaster; his mother Mrs. Art (Ruth) Wicks of New Minor, Wisconsin; his father of LaCrosse; a sister, Mrs. Mark (Rochelle) Perrin of Madison; and a borther, Donald of Blue Mounds, Wisconsin. Graveside services were held in LaCrosse.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on January 13, 1983

Monday, January 01, 1990

Obituary: Linda Balser

“Airman Family Funeral Tuesday”

MADISON, WISCONSIN (January 17, 1966) - The funeral for Mr. and Mrs. Edward B. Myres and their infant son, Edward B. Jr., who were killed in a one-car auto accident Saturday near Howe, Ind., will be at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in Bethel Lutheran Church, the Rev. Robert Borgwardt, pastor, officiating.

Mrs. Myres was a 1965 graduate of Central-University High School and is survived by her mother, Mrs. Irma Balser, and her grandmother, Mrs. Hugo Sorge, both of 1110 Emerald St.

Mr. Myres is survived by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Carey Myres; two brothers, Carey Jr. and Robert; and a sister, Mrs. George Brown, all of Niles, Ohio.

Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery. Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at the Memorial funeral home, 235 King St. and after noon at the church.

Note: The above was taken from the Obituary Section of the Wisconsin State Journal. At this time, obituaries were still “news stories,” written by newspaper staff, not families. This probably accounts for the fact the "Mrs. Myres” is never identified by her first name. She was know to her classmates at Central as Linda Balser. NG