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Dr. Thomas J. Shepro

Dr. Thomas Joseph Shepro, 77, of Madison, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family on Friday, June 27.

Born March 9, 1937, in Marinette, to Joseph and Joyce (Maloney) Shepro, he graduated from Marinette High School in 1956 and served in the United States Air Force until 1960, with three years spent at Ramstain Air Force Base in Germany.

He married Mary LaBrosse on Dec. 30, 1961 in Krakow and continued his education at Marinette County Teachers College, receiving a two year degree with a certificate to teach elementary school in 1962.

He taught in the Oconto Falls School District grades 5-8 at Stiles School and math and science at Oconto Falls Middle School from 1962-64. In 1965 he began teaching at Cambria/Friesland School District elementary school, 4th grade, and also in middle school, math and science.

He then received a BS degree in elementary education at UW-Oshkosh in 1968, and from 1967-70 continued at Cambria/Friesland as Interim Superintendent, administrative assistant and high school principal.

From 1970-72, he was principal at Rio High School, then returned to UW-Madison, where he received a MS degree in educational administration in 1972. He served as Superintendent at Lena School District until 1975, at the Beloit Turner School District until 1978, and at Jefferson School district until 1989.

During his time at Jefferson, he attended UW-Madison, receiving a PhD in educational administration in 1983. From 1989-94 he was employed as Agency Administrator at CESA2. Taking on a new career in Real Estate, he then worked for Century 21 in Madison and in 1995 returned part-time as Interim District Administrator at Highland School District for a year and lastly at Argyle School District as part-time District Administrator.

A director in the Madison Bridge Club, achieving bridge life-master in 2007 and bronze life-master in 2010, he enjoyed reading, golfing and boating.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Mary; children, Christine (Kurt) Shepro-Stein and James Shepro; two grandchildren; mother, Joyce Shepro; siblings, Daniel (Jane), Joseph (Kathy), Steven and Catherine (Mark) Kappell; many nieces; nephews; godchildren; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph and a brother, Robert.

Visitation will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 5101 Schofield St., Monona on Thursday, July 3 from 11 a.m. until the time of a Mass of Christian Burail at 1 p.m. along with military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Carbone Cancer Center, Wounded Warrior Project or to a charity of one’s choice. Gunderson East

Funeral & Cremation Care assisted the family with arrangements.




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