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William G. Draxler
Issue Date: March 5, 2014
William G. Draxler, 83, of Madison, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 27, at Agrace HospiceCare, with his family by his side.
Born on March 11, 1930 in Goodman, son of John and Stella Draxler, he graduated from Goodman High School in 1949. He married Mary Jo Krech in Richfield, Minn., on Dec. 27, 1958.
He attended St. Lawrence Seminary where he received an AA in Liberal Arts and banded birds and acquired a love of bird watching. He joined the U.S. Army in 1952 when he volunteered for the draft and was later transferred to the U.S. Air Force and sent to France where they were building an airstrip.
After his military service, he returned to Goodman and worked for the railroad and the lumber company. In 1957, he decided to go back to school and attended St. John 's University in Collegeville, Minn., where he received a BS in Biology with a minor in Education.
After graduation, the couple moved to Montana and he taught science at Stevensville and Corvallis. While living there, he received a MS in Science Education from the University of Montana. In 1963, he moved to Madison and began a 28 year teaching and counseling career at Robert M. LaFollette High School. During his years at LaFollette, he was Science Department Chairman, North Central Evaluation Chairman, and M.T.I. President. His love of learning led him to continue his education throughout his career. He received a second MS in Guidance Counseling from UW- Whitewater and also did coursework at the University of California, Berkeley, Stanford University, and UW-Madison.
He was active at St. Dennis Catholic Church in R.C.I.A. adult education, Bible study, and youth faith formation. Some of his favorite times were Boy Scout outings; especially summer camp and high adventure canoe camping.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Jo; his son, Paul (Paula); his daughter, Julie (Thomas) Meditz; five grandchildren; one great-grandson; sisters, Fran Hinkley and Rena (Kenneth) Rutlin; sisters-in-law, Joan Draxler and Joan Flannery; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents, John August Draxler and Bernadette Mildred (Millette) Draxler; and brothers, John Draxler and Vernon Draxler.
Funeral services will be held at St. Dennis Catholic Church, 413 Dempsey Road, Madison, at 11 a.m., on Friday March 7, officiated by Father Randy Timmerman. Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday. Burial will be at Roselawn Memorial Park at a later date. Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Care is assisting the family.
Memorials may be made to St. Dennis Catholic Church or the Alzheimer 's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin.