Winifred “Winnie” Joyce O’Rourke, age 90, of Madison, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at St. Mary’s Care Center. Winnie was born on February 25, 1922 in Madison, Wisconsin, the daughter of Lawrence and Laura (Fiebiger) Joyce. She graduated from Edgewood High School in 1939 and attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison completing an Associates Degree and later, Edgewood College.
Her father started the Joyce Funeral Home with which she was involved and she managed the Joyce Apartments in Madison. Winnie married Dr. William James O’Rourke on October 18, 1947. They had five children who attended Madison Edgewood Campus and High School for a span of 25 years.
Winnie was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority and she maintained longtime membership in a number of organizations including the Wisconsin Veterinary Medical Association Auxiliary, the Madison Catholic Woman’s Club and Serra Club and was a dedicated volunteer for the Apostolate to the Handicapped and Edgewood High School and supported many other organizations.
Pope John Paul II bestowed the medallion of the Holy Cross to Winifred for her outstanding service, dedication and zeal.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband Bill; her sister Eleanor and her niece Penny Buchberger.
Survivors include her five children Patrick M. (Patricia) O’Rourke, Colleen J. (Dennis Litsheim) O’Rourke, M.D., Timothy B. (Denise) O’Rourke, Kathleen R. (Domenic) Losurdo, and Sean D. (Lisa) O’Rourke; seven grandchildren, Ryan and Killian O’Rourke, Megan and Kelly Litsheim, Spencer O’Rourke and Laura and Natalie Losurdo; nephews Robert (Crystal) and Michael (Debby) Randle; and numerous other family and friends.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. with visitation one hour prior to Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 602 Everglade Drive, Madison. Msgr. Donald Heiar, Jr. will preside with private burial in Resurrection Cemetery.
Memorials preferred to Edgewood High School or to the Dr. William J. O’Rourke Memorial Scholarship Fund at the U.W. Veterinary School.
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