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