Forever 18 H-M Obituaries

Margie (Heim) Coyle Obituary

Medicime Lake, MN
Age 67 of Medicine Lake, MN, succumbed to cancer on December 11, 2010 atthe N.C. Little Hospice Center in Edina, MN, surrounded by her family. Marge was born November 1, 1943 in Madison, WI to Philip and Margaret (Rieder) Heim. She grew up in Madison, attending St. Raphael and Blessed Sacrament grade schools and graduating from West High School before attending the University of Wisconsin. Marge married the love of her life, Patrick E. Coyle, on August 20, 1966 at Blessed Sacrament Church in Madison, WI.

Marge was a buyer for Manchester’s department stores in Madison and at Wahl’s in Duluth, MN before finding her true calling as a financial planner, where her ability and desire to help others led her to develop her own company.

Marge is survived by her husband, Pat; sisters, Laura Ellis (EdenPrairie, MN), Jeanne Harrelson (Middleton, WI); brother, John Helm (Madison, WI); nieces, nephews and many in-laws. She was preceded in death by her parents and brother, Philip Gary Heim.

A memorial celebration of Marge’s life will be planned at a future date. Memorials may be sent to the American Cancer Society; Amnesty International; American Red Cross; N.C. Little Memorial Hospice, 7019 Lynmar Lane, Edina, MN 55435; or to any charity of the donor’s choice.


Gail Hoisington Obituary

Gail Ann Hoisington passed away in San Antonio, Texas on April 18, 2002 following a long illness. She was born September 21, 1943, the daughter of E. Gail Knight and the late Robert Hoisington, a US Navy aviator who was killed in a flying accident a few days before “Skipper” was born. She was a National Merit Scholarship finalist and received a Trustees Scholarship from the University for Women in Oxford, OH. After a year, she transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she graduated cum laude in history and then earned a Master’s degree in British history with simultaneous minors in English literature, social history, modern languages, library science, and education. She maintained a lifelong interest in British history and literature, particularly the Georgian era, and edited and published the Georgette Heyer Quarterly while living in the Washington, DC area. She subsequently moved to Los Angeles, where she was employed summarizing state laws for NILS Publishing Co. and later worked as a librarian for Exxon. She was pursuing a Master’s degree in library science at UCLA when ill health forced her to discontinue and move to San Antonio to be cared for by her mother. A fighter to the end, she survived four strokes and two heart attacks before succumbing to a final stroke. Besides her mother, she is survived by a brother, Michael H. Knight of Spring Green, WI.


Ron King Obituary

Ronald Lloyd King, age 66, of Appleton, passed away on Monday, Nov. 23, 2009. He was born July 31, 1943, in Galesburg, Ill., the son of E. Rae and Dale I. King. Ron graduated from Madison West High School in 1961 and the UW-Platteville in 1967. He was active in high school sports and enjoyed his college fraternity, Phi Sigma where he was president his senior year. Ron served in the United States Coast Guard Reserve from 1962 – 1970. Ron taught in the Appleton Area School District for 34 years. Ron was active in drama, track, softball, intramurals and coaching his beloved football. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating and watching as many football games as possible. Ron is survived by his wife of 41 years, Michele M. King; mother, E. Rae King; father, Dale I. King and wife Doris; his son, Tom King; daughter, Tia (Pete) Lawrence; sister, Janis (Dan) Baun and family; and four grandchildren, Miles, Macy and Carter Saunders, and Anna King. He was preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law; aunts; uncles; grandparent; and his nephew, Michael. A celebration of Ron’s life will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 30, 2009, at FOX VALLEY UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP, 2600 E. Philip Lane, Appleton. Friends may visit the family from 6 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established for the Appleton East Football Program. “Papa” will be greatly missed by his family and friends and by those students in whose lives he touched.Valley Funeral Home 2211 N. Richmond St. Appleton (920) 733-5435 www.valleyfh.com “Serving as would be Served”


Harold Kingsbury

Kingsbury, Harold Nelson. Jr. January 17, 1943 – August 28, 2020 of St. Paul. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Belleville, Illinois. He is survived by his sisters, Margaret Kingsbury McGlashan & Katharine Kingsbury Rickard.

Published on September 20, 2020


Pete Kramer Obituary

Peter E. Kramer
A memorial service will be held for Peter E. Kramer on Sunday, May 18, 2003 at Mueller Funeral Home, Grafton. Family will receive friends beginning at noon, with a service to follow at 2 p.m. conducted by the deacon from St. Joseph’s Church. Mr. Kramer passed away May 12, 2003 at St. Mary’s Hospice-Milwaukee after a short battle with cancer.

He was born Dec. 1, 1942 in Madison, the son of the late George and Ruth (Jones) Kramer. He graduated from Madison West High School, joined the Air Force, then graduated from the Wisconsin School of Electronics in Madison. He married Virgene (Jean) Berard on June 24, 1967 in Wausau. They lived in Madison for two years, North Plainfield, N.J., for five years and then moved to Grafton in 1975. Most recently, he worked for the Frantz Group in Grafton.

Survivors include: wife Virgene (Jean) of Grafton; children Sue Kramer of Brown Deer, Mike Kramer (fiance Susanne Chmidling) of Wauwatosa; brothers Steve Kramer (Joanne) of Elkhorn, Scott Kramer (Margaret) of Madison; brother-in-laws and sister-in-laws Judy (Berard) and Jeff Zilisch of Ringle; Linda (Berard) and John Gesicki of Rothschild; Bonnie (Berard) and Bruce Beyersdorff of Wausau; and Jon Berard (Kathy) of Hudson, and 12 nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to St. Mary’s Hospice (2323 N. Lake Drive, P.O. Box 503, Milwaukee, WI 53204) or to the American Cancer Society (1-800-227-2345).


Mike McGrath Obituary

MADISON
Michael John McGrath, age 64, loving brother, husband, father and grandfather, passed away unexpectedly of a heart attack at his home, Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008. Michael “Mike” was born on Nov. 2, 1943, the son of Glen and Edna (Kraak) McGrath. Michael grew up in Madison where he graduated from Madison West High School in 1961, and attended Madison Business College and the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he trained as an architect.

He proudly served our country in the United States Army where he attained the rank of Sergeant prior to his honorable discharge. Michael married Peggy Martin in 1968 and soon after became a proud father who enjoyed spending time with his family and watching them grow. Michael was an accomplished, award winning architect with many of his designs featured in the Parade of Homes throughout Wisconsin. His profession allowed him to run his own architectural design firm and to see and work in many parts of the country. His interests were vast and varied as he was an artist, musician and a lifelong student of history. His sense of humor, wit and charisma were key components of his personality and he always enjoyed making those around him smile. He loved his family and took great pride in seeing his talents passed on to his children and grandchildren. Michael will be sorely missed by all those that he touched and inspired.

He is survived by his sister, Patricia (Jim) Pidlypchak; his three children, Heather (Jeff) Sorenson, Christopher (Annie) McGrath and Michael McGrath Jr.; his five grandchildren, Colin Stachurski, Hillary Stachurski, Caitlin McGrath, Griffin McGrath and Cooper Sorenson; as well as numerous uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews and cousins. A funeral service will be held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison, with a visitation from 5 p.m. until time of services. A private burial service with military honors is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 12, 2008, at 11:30 a.m. at Resurrection Catholic Cemetery, 2705 Regent St., Madison.
Cress Funeral and Cremation Service
3610 Speedway Road
(608) 238-3434
www.cressfuneralservice.com


Bruce McMurray Obituary

 

Clifton “Bruce” McMurry, 64, of Green Bay, and formerly of Fond du Lac, passed away Friday, March 14, 2008, surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with a recurrence of pancreatic cancer.

Bruce was born on Nov. 19, 1943, in Madison, the son of the late Elmer and Mildred (Perry) McMurry.

He was a graduate of Madison West High School with the Class of 1961, where he excelled as a wrestler, winning numerous championships and trophies.

Bruce was proud to have served his country in the Army National Guard.

He pursued his education at the University of Wisconsin-Stout where he earned his degree in technical education with an emphasis in engineering. His excellence in engineering awarded him a U.S. Patent in the process of material handling. Bruce was the owner and operator of Powder Pak, Inc. in Fond du Lac, which later became Powder Systems in Sun Prairie until his retirement in March of 2007.

Bruce was a loving and generous man who always thought of others before himself. His gifts of determination and positive thinking were something he demonstrated in his daily life, which also carried onto those around him. Bruce had a magnetic personality, which he displayed in a quiet, gentle manner along with his witty sense of humor. He had a passion for woodworking and found a great sense of accomplishment in creating handcrafted gifts. Bruce was known to spend hours planning a project before solving a problem no one else could address. His creativity and engineering skills made us all smile when we received the blueprint with the master repair plan! Bruce loved to travel with his family, and especially cherished a trip to Ireland. He was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend to many and will always be lovingly remembered and sorrowfully missed.

Bruce is survived by his loving wife and best friend, Patricia; his children, Richard McMurry, Oshkosh, Julie (Anthony) Baker, Brookfield, Robert (Erika) Leonard, Pawleys Island, S.C., Jennifer (Larry) Gille, De Pere, Kathryn Leonard, Fond du Lac, and Joseph Leonard, Appleton; his grandchildren, Jackson, Keegan and Samuel Gille, and Gabriel, Bella and Jacob Leonard; one sister, Marilyn (John) Annin, Land O’ Lakes; his twin brother, the Rev. Douglas (Carla) McMurry, Charles City, Va.; nieces; nephews; relatives; and friends.

Visitation: A gathering of family and friends will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, March 19, 2008, at Resurrection Catholic Church, 333 Hilltop Drive, Green Bay.

Services: A memorial service will be held at noon on Wednesday, March 19, at the church with The Rev. Douglas McMurry and Fr. James P. Neilson concelebrating.

The family would like to offer a warm note of appreciation to the entire staff of St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay Oncology, and Unity Hospice for all their support and dignity shown to Bruce. You were taken too soon from us, but your positive attitude will forever be a source of inspiration that will remain in our hearts. This is not goodbye, only “see you later” Love, your family.

Hansen Family Funeral and Cremation Services of Green Bay is in charge of arrangements and is assisting the family. Additional information and an online guestbook can be found at www.hansenfuneralservice.com.


George Kauffeld Obituary

MADISON – George Henry Kauffeld (“Tiger” to some of his high school friends and “Cigar Box George” amongst his knife-collecting colleagues) died peacefully at Agrace Hospice surrounded by family on Friday, April 5, 2013, after a period of declining health.

He was born on Oct. 12, 1942, in Colfax, Wash. He was preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Mary (Alten) Kauffeld. George graduated from West High School in 1961, served with the 32nd “Red Arrow” Division of the U.S. Army for two years, received a degree in anthropology from the UW-Madison, and was a man of eclectic interests. He was an avid collector, wheeler-dealer, and bargain-finder extraordinaire. He loved the outdoors and, in addition to hunting and fishing, enjoyed looking for arrowheads, mushrooms and ginseng. He shot black powder guns, made wine, read extensively, and loved to road-trip.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Sharon; sons, Christopher (Cynthia), Jason (Giselle), Jeff and Trevor (Beth); and six grandchildren, Madeleine (10), Owen (8), Evan (7), Abigail (4), Ashna (3) and Isabel (3) in whom he took great pride and joy. Not to be forgotten is Murphy, a miniature schnauzer who was his faithful companion.

 A private ceremony was held for family at Abiding Shepherd. A memorial gathering in celebration of George’s life for friends and extended family will be announced later in the year. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in George’s name to a favorite charity of your own choosing. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.


Peggy Martin Obituary

MADISON – Peggy R Martin, age 70, passed away peacefully Wednesday,Oct. 9, 2013, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Peggy was born in Madison, on Aug. 12, 1943, daughter to Clarence and Marian (Quale) Martin. She graduated from Madison West High School in1962. Her dedication to furthering her education did not end there as she obtained an undergraduate degree and a Master’s degree in business from Edgewood College later in her life, instilling in those she influenced an appreciation that remains to this day.

Peggy had a zeal for life and a true passion for music, writing and the arts. Throughout her professional career she made her mark in both the design field as well as the creative end of the Marketing profession. This passion extended far beyond her career as she took great pleasure in attending musical acts, art shows and theater. She influenced all those around her in this regard and the values and talents surrounding such were passed down to her children, grandchildren and many friends.

More than anything in Peggy’s life she enjoyed spending time with her family and friends. Her laughter and true love for those around her was contagious and she made no apologies for her expressions of this. Her concerns were not her own but rather for those she loved and she exposed a charitable heart in each day of her life. She brightened the room with her smile and her true compassion for others. Although her time on this earth was far too short, the impact she made will last an eternity. Her family and friends were her life.

Peggy was preceded in death by her loving parents; and amazing sister, Nancy (Harris). She is survived by her brother, John Martin; sister, Patricia (Kinney); her children, Heather (Sorensen) and Christopher McGrath; and her grandchildren, Colin Stachurski, Hillary Stachurski, Caitlin McGrath, Griffin McGrath, Cooper Sorensen, Heidi Sorensen, Dana Sorensen, Jeffrey Sorensen, Kierstin Sorensen, and Michael McGrath; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 405 S. Owen Dr., Madison, on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at 11 a.m. with Monsignor Kenneth J. Fiedler presiding. A visitation will be held at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison, onSaturday from 9 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to the Alzheimer’s Association in honor of Peggy and the countless others who suffer from this affliction. Please share your memories at www.CressFuneralService.com.


Mary Marvin Obituary

Mary (Marvin) Henriksen

MADISON – Mary Myfanwy Henriksen, age 70, passed away on Dec. 2,2013, at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg, surrounded by family an dfriends.

She was born on April 20, 1943, the daughter of Alexander and Myfanwy Marvin. Her family moved to Madison from Milwaukee in 1956. She attended West High School, graduating in 1961.

Mary married Charles Robert Henriksen in 1963. They had three children, Martha Anderson (deceased), Patricia Mazur, and Robert Henriksen. Mary spent most of her life as a single mother providing for her three children. And in 1996, she adopted her granddaughter, Christina Anderson, whom she also cared for since she now born in 1992.

After Christina started school, Mary chose to re-enter the workforce in a new direction. She spent the last 15 plus years at various schools as a teacher’s assistant. Through these experiences, Mary had formed many friendships with students, teachers, and parents and will be deeply missed.

She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Mazur of Walworth, Wis.; her son, Robert Henriksen of McFarland; her brother, Stephen Marvin of Madison; grandchildren, Tyler Henriksen, Christina Anderson, and Lindsay and Allison Mazur. She is also survived by three nieces, a cousin and many caring friends.

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Martha Anderson; and her brother, Michael Marvin.

A special thank you to Marguerite Hill, Donna Fernandez, and Abby DeLong.

A memorial get-together will be held to celebrate her life and share stories with family and friends at a later date.


Kathy Hall Gratke Obituary

MADISON
Katherine A. Gratke, age 71, passed away on May 7, 2014, after being hospitalized for pneumonia and the ravages of post-polio syndrome. She was married to Robin Gratke, who predeceased her in the summer of 1995. She is survived by siblings: Frank Hall, Annie Milne, Mary Ellen Post, and families. Katherine was born on July 22, 1942, in Whitefish Bay Wisconsin, the first daughter of J. Bodine and Mabel Hall.

Katherine graduated from Madison’s West High School, and went on to The University of Wisconsin receiving a B.A. in Integrated Liberal Arts with a major in Latin. She worked her way through school at the U.W. Medical Library. She then went to the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin and earned a Masters degree in Library Science.

She began her career at the University of Toronto Library in Ontario Canada. After a few years she came back to Madison and served at the Space Science and Engineering Center as the Librarian of the Schwerdtferger Library.

On May 7, 1991 The McBurney Disability Resource Center recognized her work with an Outstanding Staff Award.

Katherine retired shortly thereafter. She enjoyed traveling with her husband, cultivating her garden, cooking, listening to WHA, especially their operas, caring for her cats, reading, drawing and corresponding with her friends.

She was a generous soul who loved life, and was loved by all! She will be missed by both family and friends.

Our family wishes to thank the staffs at Independent Living, Agrace HospiceCare, Saint Mary’s Care Center and Meriter Hospital. A visitation will be held on Thursday May 22, 2014, from 5p.m. until 8p.m. At CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Rd., Madison.Interment will be held on Friday, May 23, 2014 at 11 a.m. at Forest Hill Cemetery on Speedway Rd.


Mike Machotka Obituary

MACHOTKA, Michael A., 72, Trinity, died Sept. 14, 2015. Survived by his wife, Adella; children, Tammi, Michelle, Robert, Shane; 9 grands; 2 great-grands; 3 siblings. Dobies FH

(*Webmaster note: This is the full obituary as published in The Tampa Tribune on Sept. 16, 2015)


William (Bill) Kruse Obituary

Bill Kruse
William K. Kruse, 68, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, September 15, 2010, at the HospiceCare Center in Fitchburg surrounded by his family.

He was born on July 15, 1942 to Kenneth and Dorothy (Evans) Kruse. He graduated from Madison West High School in 1961. He worked as a crew member for Brady Farrell Construction and various other construction companies before settling into a job with the Department of Transportation for the City of Madison. Bill was best known around the DeForest community for his love of gardening and his passion for the culinary arts.

He ia survived by his mother, Dorothy Kruse; his children, Kim Schmitt, Kari Hubanks, Kris Werner, Korinne (Jason) Kelley, and Katrice McKernan; grandchildren Nikita, Cory, and Samantha Werner, Shani Russell, Brianna and Sam Hubanks, Lyndsie Kahl, Dahlton and Lawson Kelley, and Shelby and Casey McKernan; sister, Kathleen (Tom) Johnson; and former wife, Kay Kruse.

He was preceded in death by his father and sister, Sharon Kruse.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 19, 2010 at the Ryan Funeral Home, 6924 Lake Road, DeForest. Visitation will be held from1:00 p.m. until the time of service at the funeral home on Sunday.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff on 5SW at St. Mary’s Hospital and the staff at HospiceCare Center in Fitchburg.

Ryan Funeral Home and Cremation Services
Windsor/DeForest Chapel


John Melby Obituary

John Melby

Madison WI – Arvada, CO
John was born in 1943 to his parents Marshall and Jessie Melby and was raised in Madison, Wisconsin. He went to the University of Wisconsin where he earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Geological Sciences. He then worked in the Oil and Gas Industry for 47 years at various companies (Amoco Oil, Davis Oil, Apache Oil, Enron, and EOG Resources). He called EOG Resources home for the last 25 years, retiring last October. He met Barbara in college as she was one of very few girls into geology at the time. They married in 1967 and had two beautiful daughters, Karen and Jenny. Later in life he became Grampa to four wonderful grandchildren, Josh, Allison, Michaela, and Jonah.

John was also involved in a variety of clubs; he was an active member in the North Jeff Co Gem and Mineral Club, the Denver Orchid Society, the National Rifle Association, the American Society of Petroleum Geologists, the Wyoming Geology Association, and the Rocky Mountain Association of Geologists where in 2011, he was awarded the Geologist of the Year for his discovery of the Jake Well in Weld County,Colorado (the start of the horizontal drilling frenzy in Colorado and Wyoming).

Besides working, he enjoyed many hobbies. He loved to fish, hunt and camp, grow orchids, make wine, ski, and scuba dive. He was also an avid mineral collector. During the summer, you would often find him on the top of Mt. Antero digging for aquamarines at his claim. You could also count on him faceting the many stones he found into beautiful cut gemstones. He was truly “A Man of Many Facets”


Jack Hickman Obituary

OREGON – John C. “Jack” Hickman Jr., age 73, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, shortly after arriving at the University of Wisconsin Women’s Hockey game. Jack was born May 9, 1943, in New Orleans, La., the son of the late John and Lorraine (Block) Hickman Sr. and grew up in Madison. He is a 1961 graduate of West High School and earned a Political Science degree from UW-Madison. Jack married Margaretha Schuyten on Aug. 28, 1976, in Minneapolis, Minn., and also lived in Atlanta, Ga., and the Washington, D.C., areas.

Jack was an avid Badgers fan, especially football and hockey. A football season ticket holder for decades, even while “living in exile” and unable to make every game, he made up for it when he moved back to the Madison area in retirement. He was also a regular at UW Women’s Hockey home games as well as following their every move on the road.

Jack served his country both as a member of the Wisconsin Air National Guard and on the staff of the Executive Clerk of the United States Senate where he was the Morning Business Editor of the Congressional Record. Jack is survived by his wife of 40 years, Margaretha; two sons, Paul (Carrie) Hickman and Brian Hickman; two grandchildren, Forge Robert Hickman and Reagan John Hickman; sister, Mary (Jim) Feeney; and he is further survived by nieces, nephews, and other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Robert Hickman. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 17, 2016, at CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison. A visitation will be from 1 p.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home on Monday.Please share your memories at www.CressFuneralService.com.


Judith Hintz Ho Obituary

Judith Jane Ho

Judith was born in Minnesota and grew up in Madison, Wisconsin. Her nickname growing up was Jady June, and Judi as she got older. Growing up, Judith had a love for horses. She owned and cared for a horse named Diamond Duke. She attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison where she studied Spanish and Portuguese among other romance languages and graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree. Judith worked as a translator for the Library of Congress where she met her husband Peter, who translated Mandarin Chinese and Japanese. Judith shared a love of China with her husband. She enjoyed traveling and learning about new places with him. She combined her love of horses into her job and became an employee for the United States Department of Agriculture. She worked at the National Agricultural Library for many years in special collections and finally rounding out her career in the Animal Welfare Information Center (AWIC). She retired in 2007 and thereafter spent her time with her daughters, Christina and Diana, enjoying her father’s drink of choice, Manhattans, and making jokes. She enjoyed going out to restaurants, sightseeing, and spending time with family.


Grover Kennedy Obituary

Grover Kennedy, 74, passed away Feb. 8, 2017, at Lake Forest Hospital. Mr. Kennedy grew up in Madison, WI, where he then graduated from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Following graduation, he began his career in insurance and consulting. Grover was a devoted Badger fan of all sports.

He is survived by his loving daughter, Jessica (Mike) Brown; was the proud grandfather of Alex and Libby; the dearest brother of Karen O�Orazio and Johnette Pickett; the dear uncle of numerous nieces and nephews; and was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Melissa (nee Erickson), of 43 years of marriage.

His family will receive friends Saturday, Feb. 11, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at McMurrough Funeral Chapel, 101 Park Place, Libertyville (Rte. 176, 1 block east of Milwaukee Ave.). Pastor Robert Davis will conduct funeral services at 12:30. Luncheon will follow.In lieu of flowers, donations made to University of Wisconsin Foundation, US Bank Lock Box 78807, Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807 would be greatly appreciated.

For funeral info, 847-362-2626 or visit and sign guestbook, libertyvillefuneralhome.com


James Martin Obituary

James David Martin, age 74, passed away on November 27, 2017, at his son’s home in Wilmette, IL. Born May 7, 1943 in Madison, WI, James was born to Ruscal W. Martin and Phillis V. Martin. James graduated from Madison West High School in Madison, WI, in 1961; and graduated from University of Wisconsin in Madison with a B.S. in Sociology in 1968. Continuing his education, he later earned his Master’s degree in English Literature at Northeastern University in Illinois.

He went on to succeed in many roles, including, but not limited to: film/theater/entertainment critic and writer at the Chicago Tribune, teacher of film at Columbia College, speech writer for the governor of Illinois, and did some writing for President Carter. He then moved into corporate communications with two large companies and got involved in public relations and advertising, including writing for several national publications. He received numerous awards and accolades for his achievements in advertising and various forms of media & entertainment. In 1984, James formed his own public relations and advertising agency, JDM & Associates Marketing LLC, a well-known boutique agency specializing in the transportation and logistics niche, that flourished for more than 30 years.

In his spare time, James was passionate coach for his kid’s sports teams, including baseball and basketball. He taught his players, boys and girls of all ages and skill levels, that games are about joy and the love of the game; and above all else, about teamwork and sportsmanship. As a writer and editor of many years, he also took great pride in sharing his knowledge of the English language and teaching about the importance of education.

James is survived by his children: Geoffrey Michael Martin, James Richard Lawrence Martin and wife, Sally Bisson Martin, and Wendy Lee Wagner; grandchildren: Chance William Martin, Dresden James Martin, Victoria Lynn Parker, and Lindsay Ellen Parker; brother Jerry Bonson Martin; and sisters Bonnie Jean Ziemann and Kaye Ellen Jero.

James will be remembered as a loving father, a formidable teacher, and a caring friend who now always willing to help those in need.


Julie Morig Burke Obituary

OREGON – Julie Burke, age 75, quietly slipped away Aug. 26, 2018. Julie is survived by her sisters, Ann E. Jesse (Norman) and Mary Dimartino (Ralph Sr.); niece, Staci Francis; nephews, Jon Jesse, Ralph Jr. and Bill Dimartino; and a host of wonderful friends. Per Julie’s wishes, there will be no services. A private celebration will be held at a later date.


Carol (Knee) Peters Obituary

MADISON/MCFARLAND- Carol May Peters, age 75, passed away peacefully at home, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018, after a courageous battle with breast cancer.

She was born on Jan. 14, 1943, in Madison, the daughter of Orville and Evelyn (Stenman) Knee.

Carol graduated from Madison West High School in 1961. She held many administrative roles until her retirement and was an active member of the RSVP club in McFarland. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting, nascar racing and most importantly, spending time with her family.

Carol is survived by her daughters, Kimberly G. (Larry) Lawry and Tracy L. Persinger; five grandchildren, Angela (Brian) Hoffman, Joey (Crystle) Liska Jr., Shane (Dawn) Lawry, Daniel (Samantha) Lawry and Tiffani Liska; 12 great-grandchildren, Isabelle, Malachi, Jalen, Christian, Brianna, Britney, Ian, Amber, Elijah, Brayden, Carley and Lane; step-sons, Jeffery and Gregory Spaeni; and longtime companion, her cat, Polly the Pistol. She now preceded in death by her parents; husbands; and soul mate, Ted Spaeni.

Funeral services will be held at MESSIAH LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5202 Cottage Grove Rd., Madison, at 11 a.m., on Monday Nov. 19, 2018, with a luncheon to follow at the church. Visitation will be held at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Monday.

Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.
Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Care 5203 Monona Drive 608-221-5420


Alan Manson Obituary

Alan “Al” Manson, 75, of Ladysmith died peacefully, surrounded by his family Wednesday, February 13 in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Al was born April 13, 1943 in Madison, Wisconsin to Alexander D. Manson and Mona Victoria Nivison Manson.

He graduated from Madison West High School in l961 and from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin in l965. He also earned a Master’s Degree in English from UW-Madison.

Al served as a Peace Corps Volunteer from l966 to l968 in southern Chile, where he worked in community organizing/forestry programs.

He taught high school English in inner-city Chicago and Milwaukee. From l969 to l976 Al taught English in non-inner-city Weyerhaeuser, Wisconsin.

Al served as a Director of Northwest United Educators from l976 to 2001. He served as President of the United Staff Union of Uniserv Directors for four years.

He was chair of the Rusk County Democratic Party for more than 10 years and served on the Ladysmith School Board for six years, where he was presently the chair.

Al was active in other community organizations. He served on the Barron County Board of Supervisors and was chair for the All Seasons Food Co-opin Rice Lake for twenty years. He was a member of the ACLU, Amnesty International, Planned Parenthood, NEA-WEAC, Wisconsin Retired Educators Association and Blue Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Rice Lake.

Al is survived by his wife, Colleen Peters; son Alexander and daughter Mary (Bill) Cecil; sister Mona Manson; first wife Karen Kress; sister-in-law Carolyn Manson; niece Cindy Manson (Tim LaVallee), nephew John Manson; and great-niece Fiona Manson.

Al was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Donald Manson.

Al devoted nearly his entire adult life to education, to improving the lives of children, and to improving the lives of all through more responsible and compassionate government.

A celebration of Al’s life will be held on Thursday, February 28 at the Tee-A-Way in Ladysmith from 4:00 until 7:00 pm. We invite you to bring stories to share of your memories of Al.

The family requests that any memorials be directed to the Ladysmith Educational Enrichment Fund (LEEF), Habitat for Humanity, or Hope Lodge in Marshfield.

A private family burial will be held at a later date.


John Hoonstra Obituary

MADISON—Jon Hoornstra passed away peacefully on Easter Sunday in Los Angeles after a years-long struggle with COPD, with his wife and son at his side. He was born May 17, 1943 in Fairbury, IL. Jon’s parents, the late Rev. Paul Z. Hoornstra and Elisabeth (Wysong) Hoornstra, moved several times during his childhood to different churches, leaving behind dear friends and family in Michigan, where he attended Menominee High School. His family then moved to Madison, WI, where he formed lifelong friendships at West High School.

Jon served proudly in the U. S. Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC), including the 13th Air Force in the Philippines, and received the Air Force Commendation Medal. He was then tapped to serve in the White House as a news summary writer and media analyst under Richard Nixon, and stayed on staff to assist with the transition in Gerald Ford’s administration. Returning to Wisconsin, Jon was news director at the NBC Radio Network’s national all-news feed at WIBU-AM/WLVE-FM Baraboo, and a regular talk host at Madison’s WTSO-AM.

In Madison he was a property management consultant and wrote the Madison Professional Police Officers Association’s internal publication. He served as Chairman of Dane County Red Cross Disaster Services 1981-83. In Savannah, GA he handled communications for Savannah College of Art and Design and joined the staff of the Islands Gazette as a columnist and editor. In 1988 the family moved to Cupertino, CA and he put his writing talent to work in public relations and wrote a weekly column for the Cupertino Courier. There he volunteered as an umpire in Cupertino Little League. Jon enjoyed traveling the United States and he took his family camping across the country and back. His greatest joy was organizing family reunions at the Grand Canyon, Lake Tahoe, and Hearst Castle. Jon relocated with his family to Los Angeles in 2017 and spent his last years composing a memoir of his White House experience.

Jon is survived by his wife of 39 years, Terri (nee Levenhagen), sister Beth Evans of Ithaca, NY, brother Charles David Hoornstra (Lois) of Madison, son Jon Paul, daughter-in-law Vivian of Los Angeles, daughter Paula Conway (John) of Westport, CT, grandson Kai-Rhys, beloved nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Kaiser Los Angeles-Sunset Medical Center for their care, companionship, and arrangement of FaceTime visits with his newborn grandson. Services will be held at the U.S. National Cemetery in Los Angeles when they are permitted to resume. Donations to the American Lung Association in Jon’s honor are encouraged.


Edward Martin Obituary

EDINA, Minn.—Edward Martin, 77, (fondly known as “Ed from Wausau’’ by WPR listeners), passed away May 25, 2020, after a battle with late stage dementia. Survivors include his daughter, Katie, her husband Tom (Dalton), and his grandsons, Henry and Will. Ed was born and raised in Madison, Wis., by his beloved mother, Josephine, his father, Edward Sr., and an extended family of Italian relatives. Ed shared fond memories of helping his Italian aunties with their cooking, his grandfather with his parmesan cheese wheel, and listening to his mother’s mandolin. Growing up, Ed (“Eddie”), had an adventurous spirit, finding mischief with his dearest friend, Mondest Richards. Miraculously the two survived their childhood exploits (including an attempt to manufacture fireworks in the basement), and the Richards family became family to Ed and Katie. After college Ed moved between Madison and St. Paul, enjoying life to its fullest: skiing, fishing, traveling, and creating havoc, such as when he drove Rick’s car into Cape Cod visiting on the East coast. Ed moved to Wausau, Wis., where he lived for 40 years, working at Wausau Hospital and making many good friends. A fierce liberal, Ed strongly voiced his opinions and would have been beside himself if he knew the current political state of our country. Ed loved food of all kinds, music, and fixing things (car motors, furnaces, and assorted appliances).

He will be greatly missed by his daughter, family, and friends, but his humor, spirit, and talents will continue in the lives of his grandsons. We are deeply grateful for the loving and amazing care by the staff at Heritage of Edina, where he lived for the past seven years, and support from the wonderful staff at St. Croix Hospice. All were Dad’s family during this time of Covid-19, and we can’t thank them enough for all they did for him. This summer we will have a celebration of Ed’s life at his favorite spot, the Union Terrace. Sharing food, ice cream, beer, and good stories. Date and time TBD.


Mary Kissane Bass

MADISON-Beloved mother and Nona, Mary Ann (Kissane) Bass passed away on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, at her home. She was born on Nov. 14, 1943, to Mary Delores (Gervasi) and Harry Lawrence Kissane. 

Mary went to St. Joe’s Catholic School and then graduated from Madison West High School in 1961. She was a dedicated homemaker while her children were growing up. Mary was famous for her cooking and baking skills. She was also a master at the sewing machine, she could make almost anything and she could also knit and crochet. People who were the recipient of one of her homemade gifts would treasure them. Mary worked at Telephone Data Systems for 26 years. In her retirement, she enjoyed time at home and caring for her grandchildren. 

Mary is survived by four children, Kari (Randy) Campshure, Shari (Shannon) Chaffee, Norman (Eileen) Bass and Lori Bass; and her grandchildren, Nathan Campshure, Calvin Chaffee, Julia Culles, William Docherty, Mary Jane Endres and Nicole Lausch. Mary also enjoyed spending time with her great-grandchildren; and a great-great granddaughter. Mary is further survived by her two sisters, Alice Tilley and Margaret (Dave) Schroeder. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her beloved, former husband, Gordon A. Bass. 

To honor Mary’s wishes, there will be a private burial and a celebration of her life at a future date. The family would like to direct any memorials to Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg, Wis. 

“Mom, your time on earth has passed, your memory will live on in our hearts when we cook one of your recipes and look at or wear something you made for us. Thank you for putting so much of yourself into raising us to be “good citizens”. We love and will miss you so much.” Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com


Stephen Edwin Hill

May 13, 1942 – November 16, 2020

Stephen Edwin Hill, 78, peacefully passed away at his home in Cottage Grove MN on Monday, November 16, 2020. He was born in Eau Claire WI, the first child of Dorothy and Edwin Hill. Steve grew up in Madison, WI and graduated from Madison West HS in 1961. He proudly served in the US Navy on board the USS Stalwart. Following an honorable discharge Steve attended the University of Wisconsin-Stout, received a B.S. in Industrial Education and an M.S. in Vocational Education. He taught in the Machine Tool program at Madison Area Technical College until his retirement in 1999. 

Steve’s main passions in life were family, teaching, and helping others. He also enjoyed sailing, flying, and spending time at the family cottage on Lake Pepin. 

Steve is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary; their two daughters, Rebecca (David) Crislip and Kathryn (Brandon) Johnson; four grandchildren, Emma, Zachary, Joshua, and Nathan; sisters, Sarah (Luis) Escobar, Margaret Shaw, and Dorothy Trinkl; plus several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents Steve was preceded in death by sister-in-law, Nancy Rickmeier and brothers-in-law, Carl Rickmeier Jr., Byron Shaw, and Frank Trinkl. 

Due to Covid restrictions private funeral services were held and a Celebration of Steve’s life is planned for summer 2021 in Pepin WI. Burial will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Pepin WI. The family would like to acknowledge the kind and professional care Steve received by the staff at the University of Minnesota Hospital. In addition the family has forever been grateful to the organ transplant program at the University of Wisconsin. 

The Stephen Hill Memorial Scholarship has been established in Steve’s memory at the Madison Area Technical College Foundation. For any donations to the scholarship please note “Stephen Hill Memorial Scholarship” with your gift.