Bob Hartwig’s touching comment

I urge everyone to read Bob Hartwig’s touching comment he added to Jim Bruce’s obituary notice.



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Jim Bruce Obituary

I received the following email from John Lorimer last night:

“Chuck, Just learned from Bob Hartwig that Jim Bruce died on Sunday. Here is the only obit I could find.”

(I also received news about Jim’s passing from JoAnn Salin, and Jerry Paulson)


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60th Reunion Page Content Updated

I received a revised version of the content material for the 60th Reunion from JoAnn Salin this am.  A correction was made in the “beef” meal entree.

I have replaced the information on the 60th Reunion Page.

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News from Ellen Bubeck Laurent

I received the following email from Ellen that I thought I would share with everyone.  Although she did not graduate, since she moved from Madison in 1957, she has followed the class through this website.


“Dear Charles,

Thanks for keeping me on the list.   We did get to go back to Madison for the first time since I left in 1957.  The summer before last, (2016), we went to my husband’s Northwestern University grad school reunion in Oconomowoc (spelling)Wisconsin, so I got to go visit Joan Clifford Indermark and her husband Jerry in their beautiful home in Portage (and travel with them around that interesting area, and eat some wonderful cheese) .  We had a great time!!  We also went to see West High School, and our former home.   Madison has really grown in the 60 years since I left there.  

My husband and I will be moving to a continuing care community nearby (Penney Retirement Community)…our duplex will be completed in March, so we are downsizing (with tremendous trauma).   We are looking forward to getting settled there and getting involved in the community.   It’s a very active group of folks, who are full of enthusiasm and very “service oriented”.   We retired 1993, and plunged into volunteer work, so it will only be a shift to other situations.

Hope you are well and thriving there in Plano, TX.

Ellen Bubeck Laurent”

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60th Reunion Update Posted

I have added new information to the 60th Reunion Page from JoAnn Friedman Salin about plans for the 60th Class Reunion.  This page will be the “go to” page to keep up to date on this milestone event.

Remember, if you want to get an email announcement every time this website is updated, use the”Follow Blog via Email” feature located in the upper right margin of the Home Page.

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Bill Schoeneberg’s Obitutary

.More sad news.  John Lorimer advised me of classmate Bill Schoeneberg’s recent passing.


Mr. William “Billy” Schoeneberg
January 20, 1940 – December 17, 2017


Schoeneberg, William Edwin, age 77, of Waterford, passed away Sunday, December
17, 2017 at Froedtert Memorial Hospital in Milwaukee. Billy (Papa) was born in
Madison, Wisconsin on January 22, 1940, the son of Edwin and Katherine (nee. Bleiler)
Schoeneberg. A graduate of Madison West High, Bill earnedhis Bachelor’s degree in

Education from UW-Whitewater, and his Master’s in Business Administration from UWMadison.
His distinguished teaching career began at D.C. Everest High School in
Wausau, WI, and continued for 37 years at St. Francis High School, St. Francis, WI.
On July 21, 1990 he married “T” (Mary) Derby (nee. Spagnoletti) in South Milwaukee,
and later moved to Wind Lake where they spent 18 years enjoying life on the lake.
Billy and “T” were true loving companions who enjoyed the outdoors, and of course,
golfing in Arizona. He loved his accordion, books, and playing cards with his friends,
always being the happy, gentle, loving person he was.
Bill is survived by his loving wife “T”, Children: Martha(Ben) O’Toole, London,
England; Dan(Sarah) Schoeneberg, Glenview, Illinois; Grandchildren: Grace
Schoeneberg and Sam O’Toole; Step-Children: Aaron Derby, Plymouth, WI, Sean Derby,
Cudahy, WI and Sydne(Tim) Trapp, Madison, WI; Step-grandchildren: Marley and Macey
Trapp; Mother-in-law: Donna Spagnoletti, Eau Claire, WI, Sisters-in-law and brothers-inlaw:
Daryl “Corky” (Barb) Spagnoletti, Gari (Judith) Spagnoletti, Diane(Dave) Hennig,
Jim (Bev) Spagnoletti and Tom (Joan) Spagnoletti. He is further survived by many
relatives and friends.
A Memorial Gathering will be held on Friday, December 29, 2017 from 2-4 PM at
Norway Lutheran Church, 6321 Heg Park Road, Wind Lake, Wisconsin 53185. Services
will begin at 4:00 PM with a light lunch to follow. Inurnment will be at Wauneka
Cemetery in Elk Mound, WI. In lieu of floral expressions of sympathy, memorials are
suggested to Norway Lutheran Church Building Fund or to the family to donate to Bill’s
chosen charities.
Mealy Funeral Home
225 West Main Street
Waterford, Wisconsin 53185

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Mary Verberkmos (Connery) obituary

John Lorimer notified me today of the recent passing of Mary Verberkmos (Connery) on December 8th which was listed in the local Madison media.


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MCFARLAND-Mary Margaret Connery, age 78, passed away on December 8, 2017, surrounded by her family, from complications due to an infection. She was born in Madison on October 8, 1939, the daughter of Borghild “Buddy” (Anderson) Wheeler and John Verberkmoes. Mary graduated from West High School in Madison.

Mary stayed at home to raise her kids and held many jobs throughout her life. While raising her kids, she graduated with straight A’s from MATC’s Interior Design program, and later, the Dental Assistant program. Later in her life, as an in-home health provider she loved caring for elderly clients and volunteering at The River Food Pantry in Madison.  Mary was very social and made friends everywhere she went.

She is survived by her children, Anne Alexander (fiancé, Joe Crawford and his son, Joey), Pete (Jennifer) Zeimet and John (Pam) Sanford; her grandchildren, Jacob and Josh Alexander, Peter and Harry Zeimet, and Dylan, Arielle, and Nick Sanford; her brother, John (Bonnie) Verberkmoes;  her close cousin, Natalie (Keith) Yelinek; and her first husband, Peter Zeimet (Marguerite Ware).

She was preceded in death by her parents; and her second husband, Dick Connery.

In lieu of flowers, donations would be appreciated to The River Food Pantry, 2201 Darwin Rd., Madison, WI, 53704.

A memorial service will be held at 12 noon on Friday, December 15, 2017, at RYAN FUNERAL HOME, 2418 N. Sherman Ave. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at the funeral home on Friday.

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2418 N. Sherman Ave.

(608) 249-8257

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