Thursday, December 12, 2002

Obituary: Alfred Colucci

MADISON - Alfred G. Colucci, was born in Ashtabula Ohio, the son of Italian immigrants. Alfred committed his life to service; service to his country, his community, his family and his faith. He volunteered for active combat service during World War II as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division. He made numerous combat jumps and became part of the first Americans to occupy the city of Berlin. Following the war, Alfred became an educator, first as a history and civics teacher, teaching at Central High, and later as an administrator after completing his graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His last assignment was as head principal of Madison West High School for 21 years. He retired in 1992. He always said "Everyone must have a chance to receive a quality education in their life and I have committed myself to that goal, my entire professional life." He was an active member of various organizations such as the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Kiwanis, Elks, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Good Shepherd and All Saints Lutheran churches, and was a 32nd degree Mason in Madison Lodge No. 5, Scottish Rite, and a Knight of the Templar Order in York Rite. Alfred passed away Monday, Dec. 9, 2002. He is survived by his wife, Elfriede; his son, Lamont; his daughter, Heidie; his brother-in-law, Hermann Asmus, who is Elfriede's brother, who is married to Alfred's sister, Caroline. Five other siblings survive him as well. Funeral services will be held at ALL SAINTS LUTHERAN CHURCH, 2951 Chapel Valley Road, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2002, with the Rev. Richard Johnson officiating. Burial will immediately follow in Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, 2002. A Masonic service will be held at the funeral home at 7:30 p.m. on Friday. The family suggests in lieu of flowers that memorials be made to All Saints Lutheran Church, or to the World War II Mall-Memorial Fund in Washington, D.C., Cress Funeral Service 3610 Speedway Road (608) 238-3434

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on December 12, 2002

Tuesday, November 26, 2002

Obituary; Marguerite Wojta

MADISON - Marguerite P. Wojta, age 96, died peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2002. She was born on Sept. 24, 1906 in St. Peter, Minn., the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Karns) Wojta. Marguerite was a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. She was a very civic and church minded person, who enjoyed many church activities. Marguerite began teaching in Kenosha, Wis., then later moved back to Madison to help take care of her ill mother. Then she began teaching for Central High School until it closed, moving to Lincoln Junior High, teaching 7th through 9th graders until her retirement. She was also a math tutor for many students, including her two nephews. Marguerite loved to garden and travel extensively worldwide in her younger years. One of her favorite travels was visiting the polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba. She also had many European excursions. Marguerite is survived by her brother, Meritt (Alice) Wojta of Delano, Calif.; two nephews, Steve (Sheryll) Wojta of St. Paul, Minn. and Tom Wojta of Madison; a niece, Betsy (Warren) of California, four great- nephews, Sam, Jacob, Danny and Nathan; and a grand-niece, Alicia. She was preceded in death by her parents; a sister, Marie; brother-in-law, Vern; two brothers; Albert and Joseph; and sister-in-law, Helen. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at BLESSED SACRAMENT CATHOLIC CHURCH, 2131 Rowley Ave., on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2002, at 11 a.m., with the Rev. Stanley Drongowski, O.P., officiating. Burial will be held at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, The family would appreciate memorials to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on November 26, 2002

Sunday, May 26, 2002

Obituary: Charles Tortorice

MADISON - Our dearest beloved Charles Thomas Tortorice passed away on Thursday, May 23, 2002. He was born on June 26, 1947 to Joseph and Patricia Tortorice. He was the beloved and loving husband of Joni and the adoring father of Maria. Survivors include his wife, Joni; daughter, Maria; his mother, Patricia; his brother, Steve (Marsha); nephew, Michael; and niece, Gina. He is also survived by many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. He was preceded in death by his father Joseph. He grew up in the Bush, and attended St. Joseph's Elementary School and Madison Central High School. Charles loved sports and was an excellent athlete. He particularly enjoyed basketball with Maria on the court and on television. Joni and Charles were soulmates in life, married for 28 years, and loved and supported each other. Charles worked for the Madison Metro Paratransit Service. Our dearly beloved Charles was the most kind, gentle, caring, sensitive and forgiving human being. He was most beautiful both inside himself and out. Charles loved Christ more than life itself. His desire was to live a full life with his family. We know he is with Christ in the Kingdom of God and is living there eternally. He was a wonderful husband, father, son and brother. Charles cared so deeply for others. He would put all human beings and animals before himself. Charles had identification with St. Francis of Assisi who gave up his material life for a simple following of love of God. In Charles' heart he was a brother of St. Francis. Charles, we love you, we will think of you always. Your presence and touch will be missed. You will always be in our hearts. We know you will look down on us from ChristÂ’s eternal home with great love and protection. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 26, 2002, at ST. MARIA GORETTI CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5313 Flad Ave., Madison, with Monsignor Michael Burke officiating. Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the time of the services on Sunday at the church. Private graveside services will be held at Sunset Memory Gardens on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial gifts to further Maria's education.

Novena To The Sacred Heart of Jesus
O most holy Heart of Jesus, foundation of every blessing, I adore You, I love you, and with a lively sorrow for my sins, I offer You this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to Your will. Grant, good Jesus, that I may live in You and for You. Protect me in the midst of danger; comfort me in my afflictions; give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, Your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 26, 2002

Tuesday, May 14, 2002

Obituary: Paul DeRose

MADISON - Paul Amadeo DeRose passed away peacefully at his home the morning of Sunday, May 12, 2002, following a courageous battle with cancer. Paul was born on December 31, 1935 to Dorothy Kryslak DeRose and Dr. Amadeo DeRose in Kenosha, Wis. He graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School in 1953, and joined the United States Marine Corps, serving a three-year term. Paul graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1961 with a B.S. degree in physics and also studied physical education there towards a master’s degree. He taught physics at Madison Central High School from 1961 to 1967, and then taught at Madison Area Technical College for 34 years until he retired in 2001. Paul was a founding member of MATC Local 243 Wisconsin Federation of Teachers Union. He was also a member of the Madison Elks Lodge 711. Paul married his best friend, M. Jeanne DeRose (Hansen) in 1961, and they celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary last June. Paul was known amongst his family, friends and students for his wit, his forthright manner of speaking, and for his wise counsel. In addition to family and friends, he loved teaching, music, Berghoff beer, mischievous explosions, and was a master of well-placed electrical outlets and beautiful woodwork. He will be missed dearly. He is survived by his wife; his loving daughter, Dr. Victoria J. DeRose, and son-in-law Dr. Paul J. Wallace, College Station, Texas; sister, Roberta (DeRose), and brother-in-law, Eddie Baternik; nieces, Carol Baternik, Louisville, Ky., and Morgan Burton-Schultz, Milwaukee, Wis.; nephew, Eric Adler, Minneapolis; cousin, Charles Grasser, and his wife, Eleanor, Genoa City, Wis.; and other cousins, nieces and nephews, including LeeAnn and Ernest Johnson, Milwaukee, and James and Billy Baternik, Kenosha. He is further survived by longtime Madison friends Mary and Richard Steinmann; and "the Clan" from his childhood, Raymond and MaryLou Potenziani, Kenosha, Vincent and Maria Ritacca, Madison, Glorine and Ron Knoerzer, St. Louis, Mo., Eddie and Josie Mauser, Sacramento, Calif., Fred and Sue Aiello, Racine, and Dr. Jacob and Louise Lulack, Plains, Mont. Friends are welcome to a visitation on Tuesday, May 14, 2002 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 15, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. at HOLY REDEEMER CATHOLIC CHURCH, 120 W. Johnson St. The Rev. Larry Bakke will officiate. Friends are welcome to visit from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Paul’s name to the Edgewood High School Scholarship Fund, care of Dennis McKinley, Edgewood High School, 2210 Monroe Street, Madison, WI 53711.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on May 14, 2002

Note: The Capital Times printed a tribute to Paul DeRose on May 15, 2002. Click HERE to read an archived copy of that article, written by Lee Sensenbrenner.