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Adam Riek
Adam Riek Class of 1984
Passed Apr 27, 2000
POYNETTE/MADISON -- Adam J. Riek, age 34, of Poynette, and formerly of Madison, died on Thursday, April 27, 2000. Adam was born on February 16, 1966, in Madison, Wisconsin, to Karen (Schmidt) Riek and the late Donald Lee Riek. He graduated from Madison Memorial High School in 1984. Adam attended MATC and UW-Madison.

Adam was a member of the 467th Medical Detachment (CSC) Department of the Army in Madison. He was awarded the Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Army Achievement Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Drill Sergeant Badge, Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal, and the National Defense Service Medal. Adam enlisted in the U.S. Army on July 25, 1984, and served on active duty from July 25, 1984, through June 23, 1987. From June 24, 1987, through the present, he served in the U.S. Army Reserves through current assignment with the 467th Medical Detachment (CSC) with his current rank of staff sergeant. Adam's military specialties were infantryman, calvary scout, occupational therapist and drill sergeant. He was employed by SITEL Technical Services in Madison.

Survivors include his mother, Karen Riek, of Sun Prairie; his sister, Lana Riek, of Missouri; and his maternal grandfather, Herman Schmid, of Verona. He was preceded in death by his father, Donald; his grandparents, Agatha and Henry Riek, and Anita Meryl Schmid.

Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, May 1, 2000, at ELLESTAD FUNERAL HOME, 500 N. 8th St., Mount Horeb, with burial at Verona Cemetery. Friends may call from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 30, 2000, at ELLESTAD FUNERAL HOME. Full military honors will be accorded by the 467th Medical Detachment of Madison. A memorial fund will be established in Adam's name at a later time.
Angie Christofferson Davies
Angie Christofferson Davies Class of 1984
Passed Jun 06, 2002
MOUNT HOREB -- Angela M. Davies, 35, of Mount Horeb died at the Don and Marilyn Anderson HospiceCare facility, surrounded by her family, on Thursday, June 6, 2002 after a very long and difficult battle with cancer.

The former Angela Michelle Christofferson was born on July 2, 1966 in Eau Claire to Connie (Koerner) Keator and Michael Christofferson. She graduated in 1984 from James Madison Memorial High School in Madison and then earned a BA in Home Economics Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She married Steven Davies on June 20, 1987 in the presence of many family and friends at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Madison. They have a daughter, Amanda Mae, born in 1990, and a son, Peter James, born in 1993.

Angie was a member of St. Ignatius and Holy Redeemer Parishes, where she was very active in the religious education programs. She enjoyed teaching religion to the kids and also coordinated the Holy Redeemer School of Religion for three years.

Since 1988, Angie worked with infants and toddlers at Animal Crackers, Inc. in Madison and Children’s Community School in Mt. Horeb. In 1997, she became a Family and Consumer Sciences teacher at Verona Area High School where she taught classes to the students in child development, parenting, and other life skills. She had a special relationship with many of her students and co-workers.

Angie loved spending time with children, especially her daughter Amanda and her son Peter. Many people commented on her natural ability to interact with kids and they loved being around her. She worked as a Girl Scout co-leader for the last four years for Mt. Horeb Girl Scout Troop 41.

She is survived by her husband Steve and their children Amanda and Peter of Mt. Horeb, her mother Connie Keator of Madison, her father Mike Christofferson of Eau Claire, her sister Cindy Fleischman and son Justin Simpson of Madison, her grandparents Marvin and Suzanne Koerner of Eau Claire, her uncle and aunt James and Marge Koerner and their son Samuel of Eau Claire, and many special and close relatives in the Davies family and extended Koerner family. A large group of very close friends also share in the loss. She was preceded in death by her stepfather Porter S. Keator.

Visitation will be from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Sunday, June 9 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Mt. Horeb. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 1:30 p.m., on Monday, June 10 at St. Ignatius Catholic Church in Mt. Horeb. Burial will be at St. Ignatius Calvary Cemetery immediately following the Mass.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been set up at Ellestad Funeral Home, 500 N. 8th St., Mt. Horeb, 53572 for Angie’s children. Memorials in her name can also be made to HospiceCare or to American Cancer Society for this year’s Relay for Life in Mt. Horeb.

“Mom, we love you big as everything.” Love, Amanda and Peter
Brad Draeger
Brad Draeger Class of 1984
Passed Feb 19, 1995
MADISON -- Brad Draeger, age 31, of Madison, Wisconsin, died suddenly on Sunday, February 19, 1995, at St. Mary's Hospital after a lifelong battle with a rare disease. He was born on September 7, 1963, in Elkhorn, Wisconsin, the son of Jacqueline Draeger and Dewey (Bonnie) Draeger. He was a graduate of Big Foot High School and James Madison Memorial. Brad's wit, charm, sense of humor and acceptance of life were an example for all that knew him. He enjoyed music, sports and people, but his greatest pleasure was going to work, most recently at Walmart on Madison's Westside.

Brad is survived by his mother, Jacqueline Draeger of Blair, Wisconsin; his father, Dewey (Bonnie Ace-Draeger) of Madison, Wisconsin; his two sisters, JoLynn (Mike) Jeannot of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Cathryn (Steve) Jordan of Cottage Grove, Wisconsin; his brother, Dan (Jenny) of Kenosha, Wisconsin; his grandmother, Opal Johnson of Blair, Wisconsin; his stepbrother and sisters Mike (Debbie) Ace of Beloit, Wisconsin; Nancy (Jim) Graham of Madison, Wisconsin; and Susan Ace of Madison, Wisconsin; many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, friends and advocates, Dr. Paul Dvorak and all those associated with RFDF. He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Raymond Johnson, and his grandparents, Henry and Mae Draeger.

Funeral services will be held at GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH, 5701 Raymond Road, Madison, Wisconsin at 11:00 am, Wednesday, February 22, 1995. The Reverend David Swenson will officiate. Burial will be in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Blair, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, February 22, 1995, at 3:00 pm. Friends may call from 10:00 am until 11:00 am on Wednesday, February 22, 1995, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 5701 Raymond Road, Madison, Wisconsin.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to RFDF-Community Living Programs, 2875 Fish Hatchery Road, Madison, Wisconsin, 53713-3194, or to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. Special thanks to Bill Houssier, Ronda and Jim Evenson, and espcially to Dr. Paul Dvorak, for the loving care of Brad in his final days.
Bruce Corcoran
Bruce Corcoran Class of 1974
(Passed date unknown)
Passed February 2, 2012.
You can view and make comments on his obit page by going to CressFuneralServices.com and type in Bruce Corcoran
Bruce J. Besadny
Bruce J. Besadny Class of 1971
Passed Oct 10, 2017
MIDDLETON-Bruce Besadny, age 64, passed away on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. He was born on August 19, 1953, in Madison, the son of Carroll (Dennis) “Buzz” and Barbara (Aldrich) Smith Besadny. Bruce was married to Janet (Grosse Kottka) Besadny on June 23, 1984, in Middleton. Bruce was an Eagle Scout and a Conscientious Objector to the Vietnam War. He graduated from Memorial High School in 1971 and the UW Madison in 1975. Bruce worked on Workers’ Compensation for the Department of Natural Resources. He had a variety of interests and was an avid reader of varied subjects including Theoretical Physics and the Shroud of Turin, and many authors including Dean Koontz, Preston & Child, and Sigurd Olson. He was a horror movie buff and a poet, loved to learn, and especially enjoyed nature and music. Bruce was at his best being a Dad, and was part of a loving family, which he treasured most of all. Bruce is survived by his loving wife Janet (Grosse Kottka) Besadny; son Ryan (Kottka) Besadny (Jennifer Loftus Besadny); daughter Caitlin (Besadny) Carton (Josh Carton); grandson William Besadny; mother Barbara Besadny; sisters Barb Roeber (Larry Black), Sarah Besadny (Jim Meiers), and Jean Garcia (Andy Garcia). He was preceded in death by his father C.D. “Buzz” Besadny and a niece, Andrea Garcia.
Carla Ann Fox
Carla ann fox Class of 1977
Passed Nov 09, 2011
Carla died at home on wed. 11/9/11. A celebration of life is to be planned at a later date.
Jeff Erlanger
Jeff Erlanger Class of 1989
Passed Jun 10, 2007
(no additional information)
Jeff Rice
Jeff Rice Class of 1989
Passed Aug 06, 2002
May 22, 1971 to August 6, 2002.

Cancer
Jodi Lou (barlow) Rickert
Jodi Lou (Barlow) Rickert Class of 1989
Passed Apr 28, 2008
MADISON/ HOLLANDALE
Jodi Lou Rickert, age 36, passed away on Monday, April 28, 2008, at the Hospice In Patient Unit in Fitchburg. Even though having made all the right choices and never having smoked, Jodi lost her life to a two-year battle with lung cancer. She was born on June 9, 1971, in Baraboo, the daughter of Cecil and Shirley (Wolfe) Barlow. A 1989 graduate of Madison Memorial High School, Jodi went on to further her education at Madison Area Technical College. On July 5, 2003, she was united in marriage to Ray Rickert at the Asbury United Methodist Church in Madison. Jodi worked with American Family Insurance before joining Oak Bank in Fitchburg where she worked as a personal banker. She had a variety of interests including volleyball, softball, traveling and snowmobiling, but she treasured most her time spent with family, especially her daughter, Sophie. In addition to her husband, daughter and parents, Jodi is survived by her in-laws, Donald and Judy Rickert of Pine River; maternal grandmother, Thella Wolfe of La Farge; a special aunt, Sheila Kellar of Cross Plains; two special cousins, Shane (Tami) Kellar of Madison, and Kelli Kellar of Cross Plains; two sisters-in-law, Liza (Les) Fritz and their two sons Andrew and Peter of Red Granite, and Susan (Lincoln) Plain of Minnesota; two grandmothers-in-law, Edna Rickert and Kathleen McBrair; and many other relatives and friends. Jodi was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Cecil and Iris Barlow; and her maternal grandfather, Dale Wolfe. Funeral services will be held at the ASBURY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 6101 University Ave., Madison at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 2, 2008, with the Rev. Gary Holmes presiding. Committal services will follow at Middlebury Cemetery in Iowa County at noon. Family and friends may call from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, 2008, at the GUNDERSON WEST FUNERAL HOME, 7435 University Ave., Middleton, and also on Friday from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be made to the Jodi Lou Lung Cancer Fund, c/o U.W. Paul P. Carbone Comprehensive Cancer Center, 600 Highland Ave., K4-658, Madison, WI 53792-6164.
Gunderson West Funeral and Cremation Centers 7435 University Ave. (608) 831-6761 www.gundersonfh.com
Kevin Theobald
Kevin Theobald Class of 1983
(Passed date unknown)
Kevin M. Theobald, age 45, passed away on April 16, 2010, at UW Hospital.

He was born on Dec. 15, 1964, in Madison, to Darrell and Judy Theobald and lived all of his life in Madison, where he graduated in 1983, from Memorial High School. Although Kevin was born with a disease that caused him to endure many physical challenges, he fought his disease with courage and determination. In 2007, he was given a second chance in life after receiving a liver and kidney transplant at Northwestern Hospital.

As a child and young adult Kevin was an excellent bowler scoring both 300 games and 800 series, and also enjoyed playing fast-pitch softball and golf. One of his favorite pastimes was spending time with his nephews; playing ball, shooting baskets and fishing. He loved the outdoors especially being "Up North" fishing on Musser Lake and hunting on the land where he built his garage. Kevin was a self-taught musician playing guitar, drums, piano, and singing with friends and family in jam sessions in basements, at campfires and in bowling alleys.

Kevin is survived by and will be dearly missed by his parents, Darrell and Judy Theobald; sister and brother-in-law, Kim and Arlyn Steffenson; nephews, Noah and Cole; and many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

The family would like to thank all of the people who visited and supported Kevin during his illness. Special thanks also to the UW Hospital doctors and nurses, especially Dr. G's clinic and the transplant team at Northwestern Hospital.
Kim E. Shulla
Kim E. Shulla Class of 1974
Passed May 22, 2004
Shulla, Kim E.
MADISON - Kim E. Shulla, age 48, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, May 19, 2004, from a ruptured brain aneurysm. Kim was born on Aug. 24, 1955, to Peter and Rella (Leute) Shulla. Kim attended Queen of Peace Elementary school, Madison Memorial High School, University of California San Diego and Edgewood College. Kim was artistic and had an appreciation for various forms of artistic expression. She thus went on to work for the Monroe Street Flower Shop and then became employed by the Century House Gift Shop for 16 years. Kim then moved on to her first love, to work with and teach young children, becoming employed by the Madison School System working at Franklin Elementary for the past eight years to the present time. She found great joy working with young children. Their innocence and trusting was for her a form of substance. Kim was a gentle, caring and forever giving person constantly seeking to provide help to others. Kim's close friendship with her grandmother was a profound part of her life, daily caring for her needs and improving her value of life. Her deep faith in God and her values were lived out through her giving spirit. Kim made those of us, brothers, sisters and parents, so very proud of her. We will miss Kim dearly; however we take comfort that someday we will be together again. She is survived by her parents; her maternal grandmother, Laurene E. Leute; brothers, Joseph Shulla of Madison, and Andrew (Lynn) Shulla of Middleton; sisters, Ivy (Robert) Jacus of Madison, Kathleen (Richard) Bruns of Middleton, and Diane (Larry) Cose of Chicago; and 13 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Joseph and Victoria Ciulla (Shulla); and her maternal grandfather, William J. Leute. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 23, 2004, at ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 602 Everglade Drive, Madison. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 24, 2004, at ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC CHURCH. In lieu of flowers any donations may be made to Perspectives Charter School, 1915 S. Federal, Chicago, IL 60616, serving the needs of inner-city children, which Kim's sister, Diane, co-founded with Kim's inspiration and encouragement.
Kimberly Shulla
Kimberly Shulla Class of 1974
Passed May 22, 2004
Kim died a few years ago, in Madison, where she had lived all of her life.
From the newspaper: Shulla, Kim E.
MADISON - Kim E. Shulla, age 48, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Wednesday, May 19, 2004, from a ruptured brain aneurysm. Kim was born on Aug. 24, 1955, to Peter and Rella (Leute) Shulla. Kim attended Queen of Peace Elementary school, Madison Memorial High School, University of California San Diego and Edgewood College. Kim was artistic and had an appreciation for various forms of artistic expression. She thus went on to work for the Monroe Street Flower Shop and then became employed by the Century House Gift Shop for 16 years. Kim then moved on to her first love, to work with and teach young children, becoming employed by the Madison School System working at Franklin Elementary for the past eight years to the present time. She found great joy working with young children. Their innocence and trusting was for her a form of substance. Kim was a gentle, caring and forever giving person constantly seeking to provide help to others. Kim's close friendship with her grandmother was a profound part of her life, daily caring for her needs and improving her value of life. Her deep faith in God and her values were lived out through her giving spirit. Kim made those of us, brothers, sisters and parents, so very proud of her. We will miss Kim dearly; however we take comfort that someday we will be together again. She is survived by her parents; her maternal grandmother, Laurene E. Leute; brothers, Joseph Shulla of Madison, and Andrew (Lynn) Shulla of Middleton; sisters, Ivy (Robert) Jacus of Madison, Kathleen (Richard) Bruns of Middleton, and Diane (Larry) Cose of Chicago; and 13 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her paternal grandparents, Joseph and Victoria Ciulla (Shulla); and her maternal grandfather, William J. Leute. Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, May 23, 2004, at ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC CHURCH, 602 Everglade Drive, Madison. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 24, 2004, at ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC CHURCH. In lieu of flowers any donations may be made to Perspectives Charter School, 1915 S. Federal, Chicago, IL 60616, serving the needs of inner-city children, which Kim's sister, Diane, co-founded with Kim's inspiration and encouragement.
Mark Elliott
Mark Elliott Class of 1973
Passed Jan 12, 2007
Jenny Elliott writes, "Just writing to communicate and let Mark's class know of his passing. He died January 12, 2007 from Pancreatic Cancer. He has gone faithfully to almost all of his reunions. I wanted all to know of all the wonderful memories he had of his high school years."
Rachel Hitch
Rachel Hitch Class of 1985
Passed May 05, 2008
(no additional information)
Susan Lewis Krohn
Susan Lewis Krohn Class of 1984
Passed Dec 28, 1991
MADISON – Susan L. Krohn, age 26, died Saturday, December 28, 1991 in a local hospital. She was born on December 16, 1965, in Madison, as the former Susan Lewis. She is survived by her husband, Daniel Krohn, previously of Verona; her parents, Shirley and Harry Lewis of Madison; two sisters, Vicki (Marty) Bakken of Barneveld, and Karolyn (Bill) Henriksen of Spokane, Washington; nieces and newphew; and aunts and uncles. She was preceded in death by her grandmother, Lillian Thomas; and a brother, Steven. Funeral services will be held at Dale Heights Presbyterian Church, 5501 University Avenue, Madison at 1:30pm on Tuesday, December 31, 1991. Reverends Raymond Gau and Delbert Schmelzer will officiate. Burial will be in St. Andrew’s Catholic Cemetery in Verona. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

I’m Free
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I’m following the path God laid for me
I took His hand when I heard Him call
I turned my back and left it all
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play
Tasks left undone must stay that way
I found that peace at close of day
If my parting has left a void
Then fill it with remembered joy
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah yes, these things I too will miss
Be not burdened with times of sorrow
I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow
My life’s been full, I’ve savored much
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief
Lift up your hearts and share my joy with me,
God wanted me now. He set me free.

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