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John Allen Rosenau

Published On: Feb 05 2013 05:51:26 AM CST

John Allen Rosenau passed away peacefully at the Agrace Hospice Center on Saturday, Feb. 2, 2013. He was born on July 28, 1926, in Fairchild, to Herman and Selma Rosenau. Several years later, Herman and Selma moved their family from Fairchild to Madison. John loved to fish, he spent his childhood on or near Lake Mendota and Lake Monona. On his 18th birthday, John took the oath to join the U.S. Navy and is a veteran of World War II. He served as the radio man aboard the LST 881 in the South Pacific. After the war, John attended the Chicago School of Electronics. Following school John returned to Madison where he met and began dating Elaine Stolper. On April 19, 1951, the two were married. They had four sons and one daughter, Mark, Dale (Diane), Keith (Laura), Beth (Kim)Kramer, and Wayne (Mary). John is survived by all five of their children and nine grandchildren. John was preceded in death by his wife Elaine, in 2008.

For years, John sang in the church choir in addition to singing bass in Barbershop Quartet. He worked for more than two decades at Gisholt Machinery on East Washington Ave. and again for more than two decades as a supervisor at Oscar Mayer and Company. His love for the lakes continued until his death. You could regularly find him hanging out with his friends at the Tenney Locks and fishing the breakwater. John and Elaine dedicated their lives to their family and their faith.

A memorial service is planned for a later date. Memorials may be made in John’s name to Monona Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4411 Monona Drive, Madison or to Agrace HospiceCare.

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