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.


D Strand said...

Thanks for posting this obituary, Nadine. Since I am a physicist by profession, I have to give a lot of credit to Mr. DeRose since he was my first physics teacher and steered me in the right direction. I remember him as a very good teacher who had very high standards for himself and we students. I appreciate that now.
I never knew that he continued to teach at MATC after 1967 for 34 years. That's a long time and I am very impressed by that, but not surprised. Mr. DeRose wasn't the most flamboyant teacher but he was very dedicated, sincere, and persistent and it shouldn't be surprising that he earned such a long and distinguished career as a teacher. God bless you Mr. DeRose, my teacher, and rest in peace !

Emily said...

I remember the two summers around 1966 I worked as a teen, doing childcare for the DeRose family when they lived in the Vilas Park neighborhood. Vicki was about 5 or 6 years old, I believe, and was an extremely intelligent, sensitive and loving child. Mr. DeRose assisted me once with some general chemistry formula principals, after carefully advising me that he was not able to divulge any specific class information that might be seen as crossing the line and giving me an unfair advantage. That's how honorable he was, since I attended Central and he didn't want there to be any appearance of wrongdoing. Without his help, I don't think I would have passed that class. So thank you, Mr. DeRose, and all my best to Vicki and Mrs. DeRose.