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.