State Journal obituaries for Feb
Steve was born in West Bend, Wis., on Dec. 4, 1935, the son of Harold and Daisy Schatz. After graduating from West Bend High School, he attended the University of Illinois in Champaign Urbana. It was there, on a blind date, that he met Mary Hanafin from Chicago, a political science major. They were married in 1957, had four children, and were together for 56 years until Mary died in 2013.
Steve became interested in architecture when as a college freshman taking a summer class at the University of Wisconsin, he got to meet Frank Lloyd Wright at the architect’s studio in Spring Green, Wis. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1960, became a licensed architect three years later, and practiced in Champaign, Milwaukee, and, for forty years, in Madison. Professionally, he was a very dedicated member of the Madison Chapter of Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) for many years, serving as President, Treasurer, and Secretary. He continued to be an active board member right up until his death.
He took flight lessons to become a licensed single engine pilot while in college. As a young architect in Champaign, he often flew to construction sites in Wisconsin and Michigan. He liked to tell stories of how he navigated through harrowing stormy conditions. His son Mark fondly remembers accompanying him on some of the trips in the copilot seat when he was five years old.
Steve had a lifelong love of trains. He was an avid collector of Lionel O Gauge model trains ever since he was a boy in West Bend. He loved to ride on trains, chase them, photograph them, and read all about them. His sons remember him once driving 80 miles an hour on a narrow two lane road to catch up to a speeding steam locomotive when they were young. He attended model train conventions all over the country and loved to visit railroad museums wherever he went.
He loved music, both classical and jazz, and was a longtime season ticket holder at the Madison Symphony Orchestra. He liked to travel and often took driving trips to see his children on the east coast. He and Mary enjoyed genealogy and once took a trip to Pomerania, in what is now Poland, to see where his ancestors had lived. He also took trips with her to France and Great Britain, and recently spent 17 days in Italy with his son, Mark, fulfilling a lifetime ambition.
Steve was a proud father and grandfather who always took an interest in what his children and grandchildren were doing. He was Pack Leader for the Cub Scout Pack 154 and Patrol Leader for Boy Scout Troop 154. He loved to attend his grandchildren’s concerts and sporting events. He had a deep concern for social justice and tried to instill consideration and fairness in his family.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Mary H. Schatz; daughter, Kathleen Schatz; and sister, Sondra Rockenbach. He is survived by his daughter, Susan Schatz of College Park, Md.; his son, Mark of Boston, Mass.; his son, David, and daughter in law, Patty of Ann Arbor, Mich.; granddaughter, Sierra Schatz of Panama; and grandson, Brendan of Ypsilanti, Mich.
We’d like to thank his many colleagues at CSI for providing rides and watching out for him in his later years; the EMTs who made numerous visits for low blood sugar incidents; the Meals on Wheels program that served him for 10 years; Dr. Anne Evensen; many neighbors; and Always Best Care. Special thanks to neighbors, Steve and Mary Schmidt and Grace Duquette, for looking out for him, and Jenda and the other welcoming staff at The Green Lantern Restaurant. on Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to American Diabetes Association. Butler, age 79, passed away on Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. She was born Nov. 13, 1938, in Madison, the daughter of Marion and Eleanor Kempfer; she was the first of nine children.
Beverly and Gene Butler met each other while attending East High School, and they were married in 1956. She worked at Cuna Credit Union as a claims adjuster for over 40 years. Beverly and Gene loved traveling, visiting over 80 countries together. Family was very important to her.
She is survived by her husband, Gene; her daughter, Cheryl; many grandchildren and great grandchildren; and many brothers and sisters.
The family will have a private gathering in the springtime.
POYNETTE Brenda Rose (Beder) Glover, age 48, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018, after a 17 month battle with Glioblastoma Multiform Stage IV cancer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at BLESSED TRINITY CATHOLIC PARISH AT ST. on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON LODI FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 157 S. on Tuesday, Feb. until the time of the Mass on Wednesday.
WAUNAKEE / MARTINSVILLE Timothy Bernard Dresen, age 52, of Waunakee/Martinsville, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, at his home in Waunakee surrounded by loved ones. He was born on July 13, 1965, to Gerry and Sherry (Endres) Dresen. Tim loved to fish, hunt for morel mushrooms and help people. He was also an avid Packers, Badgers and Brewers fan.
Survivors include his parents, Gerry and Sherry; his brother, Kirk (Mary Ann Kemper) and his fiance Terri Black; as well as his pets, Poncho and Cheeto; and many aunts, uncles and cousins. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Adam and Marie Dresen and Barney and Agnes Endres; and aunts, Virginia and Marge Dresen.
Rahn worked his entire life on the family farm, Ripp’s Blue Ribbon Dairy. He was an excellent herdsman who took great pride and tireless effort to improve the large herd. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, and spending time with family and friends. He especially looked forward to his annual fishing trip to Canada. Rahn was always willing to lend a hand and tell a joke. He was loved and will be missed by many.
Rahn is survived by his parents, Jerry and Joycelyn; 10 siblings, Joe (Diane), Dean (Deb), Mary Anne Brown, Dale (friend Heidi), Albert (Mary), Jerry “Buddy” (Megan), Larry (Jenny), Jesse (Becky), Hardy (friend Brittany), and Joan (Spencer) McGowan; a multitude of nieces/nephews and great nieces/nephews. He was preceded in death by his brothers, Baby Dean and John.