Monday, December 03, 2007

Laurie R. Sacks - Class of 1966

MADISON - Laurie R. Sacks, age 36, recently of 918 Swathmore Court, died unexpectedly in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, July 26, 1984. Born in Oberlin, Ohio, on April 18, 1948, she moved with her family to Madison in 1961. She graduated from Madison Central High School and received a BA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with majors in Anthropology, Spanish and Ibero-American Studies. Following graduation she served for two years in the Peace Corps in Honduras and remained there for two more years doing significant work in the organization of the Honduran Indian Institute. Returning to the United States she engaged in social work for Hispanics in Wisconsin and New Mexico, where she received a MA in Anthropology from the University of New Mexico. She lived for many years in Las Cruces continuing her social work with Hispanics; while at the same time she carried on fund raising for the Honduran Indian Institute. Ms. Sacks is survived by her parents, Professor and Mrs. Norman Sacks of 918 Swarthmore Court; a sister, Julie Levin of Shawnee Mission, Kansas; and a brother, Robert of Los Angeles, California. A memorial service will be held at TEMPLE BETH EL, 2702 Arbor Drive, on Tuesday, July 31 at 11 a.m. Rabbi Kenneth Roseman will officiate. In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate that contributions be made to the Honduran Indian Institute, c/o Bank of Shorewood Hills. CRESS FUNERAL HOME is in charge of arrangements.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on July 28, 1984

Gravestone for Laurie Sacks in Section 38 of Madison's Forest Hill Cemetery

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Obituary: Glenn S. Custer - Class of 1907

MADISON/MILWAUKEE - Glenn S. Custer, age 97, died on Saturday, January 10, 1987, at Bethel Living Center in Arpin, Wisconsin. he was born and raised in Madison, graduated from high school inMadison and from UW-Madison. He was a member of the Milwaukee Association of Credit Men. He worked in the advertising department of the Milwaukee Journal and was a well-known photographer. His works were exhibited in America, Europe, and South America. His is survived by his wife, Maya; the following children, Rudolf P. Custer of Wilmette, Illinois, Frank S. Custer of Madison, Mrs. Robert (Maya) Olsen of Big Bear City, California, Mrs. A. Douglas (Joy) Dakin of Burbank, California, and Dr. G. Stanley Custer, M.D. of Marshfield, Wisconsin; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren. Funeral services are scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the HANSEN FUNERAL HOME, Marshfield. Visitation will be from 12 noon on Tuesday at HANSEN'S. Memorials may be designated to the Marshfield Medical Foundation of the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on January 13, 1987.

Note: Glenn C. Custer's graduation year is based on information in the 1907 Tychoberahn, where is photo is included among the graduating seniors.

Obituary: Patrick A. Tague - Class of 1966

OSHKOSH/MADISON - Patrick A. Tague, age 35, died on Saturday, May 14, 1983, as the result of a motor vehicle accident on Thursday, May 12, 1983. Born on May 1, 1948, in Norfolk, Virginia, he was the son of Vincent and Barbara Tague. A graduate of Madison Technical College, he had been in the United States Army since 1967. He married Ruth Berg in Madison on August 7, 1967. Survivors are his wife, Ruth of Oshkosh; two children, Lisa and Michael both at home; his parents of Madison; and two brothers, Robert and Dennis, both of Madison. Funeral services will be held at the FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH in Oshkosh, on Wednesday at 10 a.m. Internment will be in Roselawn Cemetery in Madison. Friends may call at the SEEFEILD CHURCH AVENUE CHAPEL in Oshkosh on Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m.

Originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 16, 1985; submitted by Gerhard Ellerkamp (Class of 1966).

Obituary: Donald J. Reed - Class of 1966

Donald J. Reed,
UW Senior, Dies

Donald J. Reed, 22, of 4114 Major Ave., died Friday (Mar. 12, 1971) in a hospital after a long illness.

He was a senior at the University of Wisconsin majoring in speech and communications and was a member of St. Dennis Catholic Church and the University Handicapped Club.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Marguerite Reed, 4114 Major Ave.; two sisters, Kathryn, at home; and Mrs. Robert Corcoran, 5108 Maher Ave; and a brother, Robert, Alice Springs, Australia.

The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday in the church. Friends may call after 4 p.m. today at the Gunderson Funeral Home, 5202 Monona Dr., where the rosary will be recited at 7:30 tonight.

Memorials may be made to the church of the Muscular Dystrophy Research Foundation.

Note: The above was originally published in the Wisconsin State Journal on March 14, 1971. At this time, obituaries were still "news stories," written by newspaper staff, not families; submitted by Gerhard Ellerkamp (Class of 1966).

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Obituary: Marion Cranefield - Class of 1914

Marion Cranefield was born March 22, 1896 in Madison. His father, Frederic (b. 1865 - d. 1939]), was a professor at the University in horticulture. Marion's mother was Laura Hinrichs Cranefield (b. 1866 - d. 1929). The Cranefield family made their home at 304 North Orchard Street. Young Cranefield attended Madison High School, later to become Madison Central High. He graduated with his twin brother Paul in the class of 1914. Cranefield also had a brother Harold and a sister Laura (b. 1905 - d. 1979).

Marion Cranefield completed five semesters of University work before entering the service in Wisconsin's National Guard. Cranefield enlisted as a private and was commissioned a second lieutenant at Camp Douglas. On July 31, 1917, Company G left for advanced training in Texas. Completing that training, the 127th Infantry of the 32nd Red Arrow Division headed for France. Lt. Cranefield was a platoon leader in Company G when this portrait was taken in the spring of 1918 in France. This photograph was copied from the family collection of his sister Laura C. Cranefield.

On July 31, 1918, Lt. Cranefield led his platoon forward from Chateau Thierry, near Roncheres, France. Cranefield headed an assault on a hill in the Battle of Grimpettes Woods. Marion Cranefield was killed in action during this battle. Fifty men that were killed at the same time were buried together near the front in the American Cemetery Number 608 near Seringes et Nesles, France.

In the September 1918 issue of WISCONSIN HORTICULTURE, editor Frederic Cranefield eulogizes his son in part, "His blood cries, not for vengeance but for justice, and in the name of all those who sacrificed sons I ask that you do not falter in your determination that this Beast among nations [Germany] be forever rendered impotent to overturn civilization. ... (the killed men) believed that the right is more precious than peace', and each made of 'his breast the bulwark and his blood the moat.' " Such were the patriotic words of a father, certainly in severe anguish during the month since his son's death. In light of a twenty year perspective from World War II, how futile that effort was.

In 1921, many American men were disinterred and brought home. The remains of Marion Cranefield were transported to Madison and reburied at the Forest Hill Cemetery, Lot 14, Section 8 on July 31, 1921.

Note the dates: Cranefield was shipped to training, killed and reburied on July 31st.

Brother Paul Cranefield served in World War I as well. He passed away at a VA Hospital in Illinois in 1944. His son, Paul Junior, moved to New York. Brother Harold relocated to Detroit. Sister Laura remained in Madison until her death here in 1979. Today, what is known of the Cranefield family is that some are located around Seattle, WA.

In 1926, the first Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States post was chartered in Madison. Marion Cranefield was chosen as the veteran to be honored and remembered to this day. Each year, appropriately enough, Madison Central High School holds its all-class reunion at this facility whose namesake was also a Central graduate.

Note: Thanks to Roger Boeker (Class of 1960), Education Consultant with Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs and Post Commander for the VFW Post 1318 on E. Lakeside Street in Madison (the facility named after Marion Cranefield) for writing the above post and supplying the photograph accompanying it.

Update 5/28/2007: Here's a link to the obituary for Paul Cranefield, Jr. (1925-2003) from The New York Times. According to the Wisconsin Alumnus, Volume 71, No. 3 (December 1969), Harold Cranefield, a resident of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died in Clearwater, Florida in 1969. He spent much of his career as a labor lawyer; you can read more about him in this description of the Harold A. Cranefield Collection at the Walter P. Reuther Library of Labor and Urban Affairs.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Obituary: Ramon Coffman - Class of 1914

Ex-columnist `uncle Ray' Dies

Wisconsin State Journal :: Metro/State :: 1B

Monday, June 19, 1989

Ramon Coffman, 92, a former Madison resident whose popular ``Uncle Ray's Corner'' column appeared in The Wisconsin State Journal for 45 years, died Saturday in a Palo Alto, Calif., nursing home.

The column, which ran in newspapers throughout the United States and in several foreign countries, was intended to teach children about science. The column ran in The State Journal from 1925 to 1970. Coffman also wrote 14 books on subjects from science to travel to biographies, and published ``Uncle Ray's Magazine.''

A native of Indianapolis, Coffman spent his boyhood in Madison. He moved to Shorewood Hills in 1935 and lived there until 1949. He later lived in several states but often returned to Madison.

Coffman attended Yale and Columbia universities and the New York College for Social Research. He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1927.

Coffman is survived by four children, Gratton, Peyton, Roger and Kathleen Davis. Funeral arrangements are pending.

Note: Ramon Coffman's class year is based on information in the 1914 Tychoberahn.

Obituary: Marie M. (Young) Poole - Class of 1934

Mrs. Lyle Pool,
Dies at Age 56

Mrs. Lyle A. Poole, 56, of 5614 Lake Mendota Dr., vice-president of Poole's Northgate and the Northgate Lanes, died Friday (Feb. 4, 1972) in a Madison hospital after a long illness.

The former Marie M. Young was also secretary of Poole's Cuba Club. She was born in Plain, Sauk County, and was married to Mr. Poole on Mar. 8, 1941. Mrs. Poole was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church and its Queen's Guild.

Surviving besides her husband are three sons, Gary, Gregory, and Geoffrey, all of Middleton; three sisters, Mrs. Melville Johnston, 617 South Shore Drive.; Mrs. Layton Schwartz, Rhinelander; and Mrs. Donald Doman, Janesville; and three grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Joyce Funeral Home, 5701 Odana Rd., after 3 p.m. Sunday. The rosary will be recited at 7:30 Sunday night.

The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Monday at the church. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery.

The family suggested memorials to the American Cancer Society, and that flowers be omitted.

Note: The above was originally published in the Obituaries section of the Wisconsin State Journal on February 5, 1972. At this time, obituaries were still "news stories," written by newspaper staff, not families.

Marie Young Poole's class year is based on information in the 1934 Orange and Black yearbook, where her senior photo is included among those of the June graduates.

Saturday, January 06, 2007

Obituary: Gunnar Quisling - Class of 1929

Family Noted in Medical Profession
Dr. Gunnar Quisling Dies at 41; Co-Founder of Clinic Here

Member of a Madison family long distinguished in medicine here, a physician whose World War II services in his profession won him the Legion of Merit citation, Dr. Gunnar D. Quisling, 41, of 2718 Van Hise Avenue, died Sunday at this home, following a long illness.

Dr. Quisling was one of the co-founders of the Quisling clinic here, and he was associated there in his profession with his brothers, Drs. Abraham A., Rolf A., and Sverre Quisling. His father, the late Dr. A. A. Quisling, was a longtime practitioner here.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Our Savior's Lutheran church. The Rev. Nils C. Osleby, pastor, will officiate and burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park.

The body will be taken from the Frautschi funeral home at noon Tuesday to the church.

Pallbearers will be Clayton Auchue, Dr. Norman Clausen, William O'Brien Doherty, Dr. Leslie Hofsteen, Harold Johnson, John McGovern.

DR QUISLING, during his long illness, had requested that funeral floral tributes be omitted, The family has asked that instead, contributions may be made to Roundy's Fun Fund for crippled children of the Madison community.

A native of Madison, Dr. Quisling attended local schools and the University of Wisconsin. He received his medical degree at the University of Illinois.

Following his graduation, he interned at the St. Louis City hospital, St. Louis, and in 1932, studied in Vienna, Austria.

UPON HIS RETURN to Madison in 1933, he, in partnership with his three brothers, including his twin, Dr. Rolf A., formed the Quisling clinic. It was originally located on King st., but later moved to its present site a 2 W. Gorham st.

During World War II, Dr. Quisling, with the rank of medical corps major, served in Europe and was with troopers during the Normandy invasion.

General Dwight S. Eisenehower, general of the armies, awarded him the Legion of Merit for his work in developing a foreign body locator, a device used during the war to locate pieces of shrapnel in the wounded servicemen.

Dr. Quisling also perfected the basic design for gas masks use by soldiers required to wear glasses. The work was done at Camp Stewart, Ga., where Dr. Quisling was an eye, ear, nose and throat specialist. He also did specialized work on poison gases at the camp.

DR. QUISLING was a first cousin of the Norwegian Nazi leader, Vidkum, Quisling and the Madison physician said his cousin had been "poisoned" by German propaganda and urged Vidkim Quisling's trial as a war criminal. The Norwegian Quisling was executed for treason in November 1945.

Dr. Quisling belonged to numerous service and veterans' groups here, and to the Sons of Norway.

Dr. Quisling is survived by his wife, the former Helen Anderson; two sons, Ronald and Richard, and a daughter, Carolyn, all at home.

Also surviving are his mother, Mrs. A.A. Quisling, Sr., 421 N. Paterson st., the three brothers with whom he was associated in the medical profession, and a fourth brother, Axel, who is like wise identified with the Quisling clinic.

Note: The above was originally in The Capital Times on March 10, 1951. At this time, obituaries were still "news stories," written by newspaper staff, not families. Gunnar Quisling's senior class photograph (below) appears next to that of his twin brother, Ralph [sic] in the 1929 edition of the Tychoberahn, the yearbook of Madison High School (later renamed Central High School).