In Memory Of ...
John J. Anthonsen
December 18, 1929 - April 28, 2007
Obituary:John J. Anthonsen, age 77 of Kenosha died unexpectedly on Saturday, April 28, 2007 at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints ? St. Mary?s Campus, Racine. Born in Oregon, Wisconsin on December 18, 1929, he was the son of the late John S. and Isabelle (Hanson) Anthonsen. Education and service to this Country were important in John?s life: A graduate of Madison Central High School in 1948, John went on to graduate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Commerce in January of 1953, and completed ROTC training while attending the University. In April of 1953 John went on active military duty in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps as a Second Lieutenant. He spent over one year at Fort Eustis, Virginia and Fort Story, Virginia. He served another year near Yokahama, Japan as Public Information Officer and Troop Education Officer. He was discharged in February of 1955, and then in September of that same year he enrolled at UW-Madison Law School. John believed in making the most of his education and challenging himself within his career. During the late summer or early fall of 1956 he was employed at Ford Motor Company, Rouge Plant, in Dearborn, Michigan within the Comptroller Office. He returned to Madison in December of 1957 and worked as a credit union examiner with the State of Wisconsin Banking Department. He traveled throughout southeastern Wisconsin over the next 13 years as their examiner. In 1970 John joined the UW-Madison Management Institute in Madison, and then transferred to UW-Parkside, Kenosha, in 1971. John first served as a Financial Specialist, and then transferred to the Business Office until his retirement on March 31, 1993. On October 20, 1990 John J. married his beautiful bride, Marjorie J. (Niemi) Richards. They spent the last 17 years dancing in each others arms, and always felt blessed to have found each other. He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church, Racine; a member of Parkside Retirees; Hi-Lo Dance Club; Rotary Club of Kenosha-West; and volunteered at the Kemper Center in Kenosha. John will be remembered for his gentle ways, his kind smile, and his genuine care and concern for others. Left to remember him is his wife, Marjorie; children: Roger (Debbie) Richards of Knoxville, TN and Brad (Joyce) Richards of Olathe, KS; grandchildren: David and Beth Richards; cousins: Ellen Wright of Geneva, IL and Carol (Howard) Severson of Oregon, WI; and many close relatives and friends. Along with his parents, John was preceded in death by his step-mother, Evelyn Thorson Anthonsen; and cousins Florice Bryson and David Wendt.