Friday, October 04, 1996

Obituary: Elizabeth M. "Betty" Eisenman

MADISON - Elizabert "Betty" Eisenman, age 72, of Madison, died on Tuesday, October 1, 1996 at the Wausau Manor Nursing Home, Wausau. Betty had been a teaching assistant at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1948 until 1950. She then taught at Octonto High School until 1954 and then returned to Madison to teach Central High from 1954 until 1968 and at Madison West from 1968 until 1979 where she retired from. She was a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church. She is survived by two brothers, Arthur F. Eisenman Jr. of Wausau and Roger (Patricia) Eisenman of Wausau; a sister-in-law, Elsie Eisenman of Wausau; an uncle, Richard Eisenman of Wausau; nieces; nephews and cousins. She was preceded in death by a brother, M. Mark Eisenman. Funeral mass will be celebrated at ST. JAMES CATHOLIC CHURCH, Wausau, at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, October 4, 1996. Reverend Steve Gross will officiate. Burial will be in Pine Grove cemetery, Wausau. Visitation will be held from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church. BRAINARD FUNERAL HOME assisted the family.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on October 4, 1996

Friday, April 12, 1996

Obituary: Walter Fandrich

MADISON - Walter F. Fandrich, age 78, passed away at local hospital on April 10, 1996 after a brief illness. He was born on July 6, 1917 in Oxford, Wisconsin, the son of Herbert and Grace Fandrich. He received his Bachelor of Education degree from Milwaukee State Teacher’s College, a Master’s degree in music from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, and pursued Doctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin and Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. He began his teaching career at Clear Lake, Wisconsin and was drafted shortly after. He served five and half years in World War II an Army band leader. He spent time in Boston where he felt privileged to be associated with Arthur Fieldler of the Boston Pops. Toward the end of the hostilities, he was in the Philippines serving as General Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters band leader. After the war, he returned to Wisconsin and was director of music at Dodgeville High School. In 1950, he moved to Madison and taught and directed music at Central High School and later at Lafollette High School until he retired in 1979. It was a source of pleasure to him that students at Lafollette still use the school song he composed as a gift for them when Lafollette first opened. Mr. Fandrich also served as Choir Director for the McFarland Lutheran Church for nineteen years. As a concert musician, he played string bass with the Madison Symphony Orchestra for twenty-nine years and serve on year as a violinist with Waukesha Symphony. He spent thirty five years as adjudicator, clinician, guest conductor and Zor Shrine Band Director in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. He was past president of the Wisconsin Chapter of the National Music Fraternity, Phi Beta Mu as well as the Wisconsin Bandmaster Association and a member of the Wisconsin Retired Music Masters. After retirement in 1979 he and Margaret began spending six months a year in Sun City, Arizona. Walter came to enjoy enthusiastically the freedom the climate offered, not content to relax, golf and explore the country side. He exercised his constant love of music as a member of the string bass section of the Sun Cities Symphony Orchestra for fifteen years and conductor of the Sun City Chamber Orchestra for three years as well as tutoring string bass students. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, amateur archaeology and playing bridge with many friends. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Margaret; three children, Mary Kraemer of Madison, Jane Poss (Richard) of Waunakee and Jim (Jean) of Marshfield, Wisconsin; four grandchildren, Amy and Michael Kraemer, Jason and John Meyer; a brother, Kenneth Fandrich of Endeavor, Wisconsin; three sisters, Virginia Neff of Oxford, Wisconsin, Gladys Swanson of Paton, Iowa and Ruth Sawall of Mequon, Wisconsin. Visitation will be from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, 1996 followed by a memorial service. The family wishes to express appreciation for the physicians and staff of the MICU at St. Mary’s Hospital. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Walter Fandrich Music Scholarship Fund, c/o Lafollette High School, 702 Pflaum Rd. Madison, WI 53716 or the Madison Symphony Orchestra, 211 N. Carroll Madison, WI 53703.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on April 12, 1996

Friday, March 08, 1996

Obituary: William Marsh

MADISON - William Frederick Marsh, 87, died on Thursday, March 7, 1996 at Elder Haus, 5565 Burke Road, Madison, after an extended illness. Bill was born on August 11, 1908 in the Methodist parsonage at Downing, Wisconsin, to Reverend William E. and Evva (Gillette) Marsh. He is survived by his wide of 60 years, the former Louise Dollison, whom he married on June 23, 1935 at Wesley Foundation, the Methodist Student Center at the UW-Madison where they had met. For the past year and a half they have lived at the Methodist Retirement Center, 110 S. Henry Street, Madison. He is further survived by his loving children, William Marsh, Jr. (Nancy), El Paso, Texas; David Marsh (Maryalice), Studio City, California; Roger Marsh, Chicago; and Carol (Rich) Walker, Madison. Bill adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren, Todd (Vicki) Marsh and their children, Anthony Self and Samuel Marsh, Arlington, Texas; Kevin (Lori) Marsh and their children, Maggie and William Marsh, La Porte, Texas; Myranda Marsh (Colin Quint), La Crescenta, California; Celinda Marsh (Fiancee Thomas Kelsey), Austin, Texas; Julia Marsh, Galesburg, Illinois; and Daniel Marsh, Chicago, Illinois. The 60th wedding anniversary weekend at the cottage last June was a glorious family reunion with all 22 family members present. Other survivors are a sister, Maude Melgaard, Portland, Oregon; three sisters-in-law, many cousins, nieces and nephews; and special friends and cottage co-owners Phil and Jean Myers. Bill was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Louise; four brothers, Bernard, Earl, Waldo and Herbert; and a sister, Jane Torpey. He grew up in Stevens Point and graduated from Central State Teachers College (now UW-Stevens Point) in 1929 and lettered in football, basketball and track. He received his Master of Philosophy degree from UW-Madison in 1934. He taught social studies at Friendship and Neenah before coming to Central High School in Madison in 1937. The next 32 years in that building were happily spent as classroom teacher, assistant principal, and principal. After Central closed in 1969, Bill spent two years as principal of West Junior High. When that school also closed, he spent the last two years of his long educational career as a grade principal at West High. During 27 years of these active professional years, Bill also served as Executive Secretary of the Southern Wisconsin Education Association. Bill was a member of First United Methodist Church, Madison Area Retired Educators Association, Wisconsin National Guard, Downtown Kiwanis, Odana Golf and Bowling Bunch, and the PTA. The Four Lakes Council of Boy Scouts of America gave him the Silver Beaver award for 25 years of volunteer service as cubmaster, scoutmaster, summer program director, and counselor at Camp Tichora, and vice president of the council. For 17 years was president of Madison Neighborhood Centers board. He was featured in "Know Your Madisonian" and received the 1949 Father of the Year award from the Madison Chamber of Commerce. Bill loved the out of doors and vigorously participate in a wide variety of sports. He was a superb horseman and put himself through college teaching riding. He especially treasured his time at the Marquette County cottage on Pine Lake where he water skiied until age 73. He has discovered the beauty of that lake in 1948 when he served the fist of nine years as summer manger of Pine Lake United Methodist Camp. He served his church in many local activities, as Lay Member of the Annual Conference, and president of the conference Board of Trustees. As a lay preacher he served the People’s United Methodist Church in Oregon, Wisconsin for one year. Bill was an avid traveler and camper with his family all over the North American continent and journeyed to Europe and Australia. While in Mexico, he was appalled by the rural poverty and wonder how he could help. He later founded Leaf Nutrient, Inc., which utilized the know-how of UW agricultural research methods to help Mexican families feed nutritious alfalfa products to their hungry children. Kiwanis International honored his humanitarian project with two monetary grants. The family wishes to express its deep gratitude to many persons and agencies for compassion during many difficult months. This includes First United Methodist Church, Methodist Retirement Center and Health Center, Meritor-Park Hospital, Dr. Kim Petersen, Dr. Robert Bonebrake, the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s Day Care at Dale Heights Presbyterian Church, Metro Ride, Hospice Care, and especially the caring staff and residents of Elder Haus. We will never forget you, Amy, Ann, Jackie, Kathy, Marcy, Maggie, Sheila and Tammy. The memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 9, 1996 at 10:oo a.m. at FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 203 Wisconsin Avenue, Madison. Reverend Joan Deming will officiate. The cremains will be interred at a late date in the three generation family plot at Forest Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church elevator fund - a project dear to Bill’s heart for he had a special sympathy for any handicapped person.