Category Archives: F. Joseph and Angeline Mader Family

Bernard R. Mader Update…..

1. Update for Thomas Mader
Thomas and Eileen (Clement) live in Green Bay WI

  • Edward lives in Phoenix AZ
  • Janine (Jack Kaczmarek m: xx/xx/xxxx) live in Green Bay WI
    • Ryan b:3/20/1984
  • Chris (Barry Wahlen m: xx/xx/xxxx) live in Green Bay WI
    • Lucas b: 8/25/1982
    • Casey b: 3/20/1984
  • Susan lives in Green Bay WI
  • Paul (Holly m: xx/xx/xxxx) live in Green Bay WI
    • Noah b: xx/xx/xxxxx
    • _________ b: xx/xx/xxxxx

2. Update for Richard Mader
Richard and Mary (Gregory) live in La Cresenta, CA

  • Elaina (David Cheever m: xx/xx/xxxx) live in San Diego CA
    • Cameron Thomas Cheever b: 11/5/1997
    • Megan Nichole Cheever b: 12/4/2000
  • Evan (Deborah Will m: 4/29/1995) live in Los Angeles CA
    • Jessica Mary Mader, 3/19/1996

3. Update for Michael Mader
Michael and Carol (Mashak) live in La Crosse, WI

  • Matthew (Amy m: xx/xx/xxxx) live in Austin TX
    • Noah b: xx/xx/xxxxx
    • Emerson b: xx/xx/xxxxx
    • Abby b: xx/xx/xxxxx
  • Stephanie (Jon m: xx/xx/xxxx) live in Portland, OR
    • Ella b: xx/xx/xxxx
  • Alexia lives in Chicago IL
  • Mario Youakim lives in La Crosse WI

4. Update for Mary (Palzkill) Mader
Ted Palzkill and Mary live in Mineral Point, WI

  • Jeff (Carrie m: xx/xx/xxx) live in Mineral Point WI
    • _________ b:
  • Andy
  • Nicole (Matt m: xx/xx/xxx) live in
    • _________ b:
  • Molly (_________ m: xx/xx/xxxx) live in
    • _________ b:

5. Update for Stephen Mader
Stephen and Jo (Bjorge) live in San Diego, CA

  • Kim (Brent Shiely m: xx/xx/xxxx) live in Minneapolis MN
    • London b: xx/xx/xxxx
  • Kari (Isaac Freitag m: xx/xx/xxxx) live in La Crosse WI
    • Jack b: xx/xx/xxxx
    • Wyatt b: xx/xx/xxxx
    • Chase b: xx/xx/xxxx

6. Update for Rosanne (Levendoski) Mader
Mike and Rose Levendoski live in Stoddard, WI

  • Jenny lives in La Crosse WI
  • Ryan (Rachell m: 2/22/2010)
  • Jason
  • Ben

7. Update for Gregory Mader
Greg and Sandy (Hubbard) live in West Salem, WI

  • Jill, Pharmacist lives in Onalaska WI.
  • Kelsey, Social Worker lives in La Crosse WI

8. Update for Timothy Mader
Tim and Lori (m: xx/xx/1987) live in Wilbraham, MA

  • Alex b: xx/xx/xxxx
  • Shelby b: xx/xx/xxxxy
  • Lily b: xx/xx/xxxx

Helen (Mader) Beeler 1920 – 1969

Helen (Mader) Beeler
1920 – 1969

Helen was the last child and the only living daughter of Joseph and Angeline Mader. The “baby sister” of five brothers, Helen was born on February 17, 1920.

When Helen was eleven, her father Joseph passed away before he and Angeline could celebrate the coming 25th wedding anniversary. They had planned to take Helen along on a trip to New York and New Jersey. Helen still wanted to go so Angeline, Helen and Ben took the train to Newark, NJ to stay with their mother’s sister, Sister Cordulana. Ben remembers they made 3-4 trips into N.Y.C. and went on a Hudson boat trip to West Point.

Like most of the Maders, Helen was quiet and easy-going. Ben found her a job at National Tea on 6th and 8th Sts. in La Crosse. Helen worked there as a check out girl for about seven years. She did spend at least a winter in Washington D.C. living in her own house until she moved back to La Crosse in the spring of 1946.

Helen at age 26 married Lester Beeler in La Crosse ca., 1947. Lester was from Tennessee and was stationed at Camp McCoy near Sparta. After the marriage, they lived for several years in Lawrensburg, Tenn. where their son William was born. The family moved back to La Crosse and lived with Helen’s mother Angeline on 13th St. to care for her in her reclining years.

They were the parents of one more child, Mary. Lester was a warehouse foreman for Peter Nelson. After Angeline’s death in 1955, Helen and Lester purchased the Mader family home from her brother John.

Helen suffered a stroke in the late 1950’s from which she never fully recovered. She passed away in October 1969 at the age of 49. Lester later remarried, when he died he left the house to his children Bill and Mary.

  1. William Beeler was born in Tennessee ca 1947. He is an electrician working for Kish and Sons Electric Co.. Bill recently became married. He and his Genny live in Onalaska.
  2. Mary Beeler married Harold Bynum. Mary sells real estate in Florida. They are the parents of one son.
    1. Bryan Bynum

Lambert Mader 1914 – 1980

Lambert Mader
1914 – 1980

The last son of Joseph and Angeline, Lambert was born on October 29, 1914. He was nicknamed “Bobie” which meant a “small boy”in German.

As a young man, Lambert went to St. Louis to study for the Brotherhood. He became a novice and taught in one of their high schools. When it came time to take his final vows, Lambert couldn’t accept the vow of poverty, so he went to college in New York City because the colleges were like public schools and anyone could go.

While out East, Lambert married Louise Harms. They had no children but Louise had a child from a previous marriage. They made their home in Washington D.C. where Lambert was employed as a bookkeeper and his wife sold real estate. Louise passed away in 1960.

One day in the fall on 1979, Lambert came back to La Crosse and checked into the Stoddard Hotel with no money and all his belongings in a suitcase. The next day, his brother John was called and he came to collect Lambert and pay his bill. Lambert wasn’t well. He spent some time in a La Crosse Hospital where he died of heart failure on February 11, 1980 at age 66. John paid the hospital bill.

Lambert was cremated and his ashes were buried on top of his father in the Catholic Cemetery. His only assets were a note for something he had sold, the income of which was a $120.00 a month.

Bernard Mader 1911 – 2005

Bernard Mader
1911 – 2005

Bernard was born on August 22, 1911 in the family home on 13th St. to Joseph and Angeline Mader.

On Saltzer’s Field when Ben was a teenager, he found an old fashioned high bike with a big wheel in front and a small wheel in back. (1) Ben rode the bike all over and was soon known by everyone in town since no one else had a bike like it. (This bike is on display at Smith’s Bike Shop on 8th St. in La Crosse.) An avid bike rider, Ben participated in many bike races from 1925-1927. He went to races in Kenosha and Madison and won a trophy. On a field day at Riverside Park, Ben won a gold watch for riding the plank.

During high school, Ben worked in the mail room of the La Crosse Tribune bundling and shipping newspapers. After graduation he got a job delivering meat for Jahlen’s Meat Market. “I got the job- then I learned to drive!” Ben said. “we didn’t need a driver’s license then. People called up and ordered meat and we delivered it to their houses.”

Whenever Ben delivered meat to the Linker Hotel, Steve Goudrich, the German cook that worked there, would always say to his wife, “Ben’s a growing boy.” and he’d cut him a slice of thick meat on a sandwich for him to eat. While working at Jahlen’s, Ben became acquainted with Jack Mc William, a salesman for Oscar Mayer Meat Co.. Ben and Jack became partners in B.J. Foods, a wholesale food route that called on grocery stores in the La Crosse area. Among other things they were early distributors for Old Home cottage cheese, Kool-Aide, Milwaukee Cheese Products and a dill pickle with a saw coating called “Peel’em and Eat’em.” They sold B.J. Foods after about five years to Milwaukee Cheese Co.. Ben worked for them for a short while then started a route for Bakalar’s Sausage where he worked on commission.

In 1955 after a few odd jobs he started working for a wholesale toy route stocking shelves in the stores. When that was sold Ben started his own wholesale souvenir and candy business ca 1960 which was very successful.

Ben met his wife Ceil through her brother Jerry Kamperschroer. “When I first met Ceil she wasn’t an individual she was Jerry’s sister”‘ Ben said. They were married on June 2, 1938. Borrowing her brother’s car, Ben and Ceil went to St. Louis for their honeymoon. Ceil was strong-willed and Ben was easy-going. They had a large family of six boys and two girls. The first three boys: Tom, Dick, Mike were four years apart. After Mike, Mary, Steve, Rose were close together in ages. Later there was Greg and Tim. Ceil was 42 years old when the youngest was born and Ben was 46.

Raising eight children in the small house on Farnam St. was hard for Ceil, though she kept the house spotless and the kids in line. During the 50’s there never seemed to be enough money to make ends meet. Later as the children grew up and Ben went into business for himself, things began to improve. Before her death in 1982 Ceil said, “The last 20 years have been very good to me.” She became ill with cancer and died two years later.

Ben sold his home on 1630 Farnam St. in La Crosse and married Marie Kamperschroer in July of 1983. Marie was the widow of Jerry Kamperschroer, Ceil’s brother. [Updated 2005: Ben passed away January 25, 2005 at Bethany St Joe Care Center. obituary]

  1. Thomas Mader was the first child born on May 5, 1939. In 1960 he married Eileen Clemment from Westby, WI. Tom is a franchisee for Country Kitchen. He also has a newspaper agency and a newspaper trucking business. Tom and Eileen live in Green Bay, WI and have five children. [update]
    1. Edward Mader was born March 25, 1961. Ed is in newspaper trucking and has his own window
      cleaning business. He is living in Green Bay, WI.
    2. Janine Mader born on March 27, 1962 is married to Jack Kaczmarek. Janine works at the Country Kitchen and is a student at U.W.G.B.. Jack works for Home Interiors as a carpet installer. They reside in Green Bay and have one son:
      • Ryan Kaczmarek born on May 20, 1984.
    3. Christine Mader was born July 17, 1963. She is married to Barry Wahlen. Barry is employed at tock Lumber and Chris is an assistant manager at Country Kitchen. They also live in Green Bay and have two boys:
      • Lucas Wahlen born on Aug. 25, 1982
      • Casey Wahlen born on March 20, 1984.
    4. Susan Mader was born August 13, 1967. She will be a Sophomore at the University of Minn..
    5. Paul Mader was born on Nov. 19, 1970. He will be a Sophomore at Southwest High School in Green Bay.
  2. Richard Mader was the second son born on March 31, 1943. He was married to Mary Gregory of Beloit, WI in 1965. Dick is a distributor for the Wall Street Journal and other papers in Los Angeles, Cal. They have two children: [update]
    1. Elaina Mader was born on May 20, 1966. She will be attending her 3rd year of college in San Diego, Cal.
    2. Evan Mader is an adopted son born March 29, 1970. Evan will be a high school Junior.
  3. Michael Mader was born on March 13, 1947. In 1969 he was married to Carol Mashak of Bangor, WI. Mike graduated from medical school at the Univ. in Madison and is a Dr. of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is practicing at the Gunderson Clinic in La Crosse. Mike and Carol had four children: [update]
    1. Georgia Mader born Jan. 3, 1970, lived only 18 hours.
    2. Matthew Mader born on Jan. 24, 1972 will be starting high school this fall.
    3. Stephanie Mader is adopted and was born May 19, 1977.
    4. Alexia Mader born Dec. 13, 1980.
  4. Mary Mader was the first daughter born on Sept. 2, 1948. Mary is a Viterbo College graduate and teaches high school. She married Ted Palzkill in 1974 who is managing the family farm near Mineral Point, WI. They are the parents of two boys and two girls: [update]
    1. Jeffrey Palzkill born on Sept. 7, 1975.
    2. Andrew Palzkill born Aug. 20, 1976
    3. Nichole Palzkill born Dec. 21,1978.
    4. Molly Palzkill born
  5. Stephen Mader born on July 2, 1950 was married to JoWayne Bjorge from Arcadia, WI in 1970. Steve is a partner is A-1 Glass Co. on Rose St. in La Crosse. Jo is a beautician. Steve and Jo live in Onalaska and have two daughters: [update]
    1. Kimberly Mader was born on Aug 9, 1972. She will be a high school freshman.
    2. Kari Mader was born April 29, 1975.
  6. Roseanne Mader was born Oct. 3, 1951. Rose attended La Crosse State Technical School and has since been employed by the Lutheran Hospital in payroll accounting. Rose recently was promoted to department manager. In 1976 she married Mike Levendoski who works at Dairyland Power Co. in Genoa. Rose and Mike own a farm near Stoddard, WI and have two children: [update]
    1. Jennifer Levendoski was born April 5, 1978.
    2. Ryan Levendoski was born on July 13, 1980.
  7. Gregory Mader born July 19, 1954 was married to Sandra Hubbard from Norwalk, WI in 1975. Greg works for Stansfield Vending and Sandy works in the office for Gateway Grocers. They have a home in West Salem and are the parents of two girls: [update]
    1. Jill Mader was born Feb 25, 1979.
    2. Kelsey Mader born on April 5, 1984.
  8. Timothy Mader was the last child born on Feb 13, 1957. Tim graduated from medical school in Madison and is currently interning in Danville, Penn. in surgery.
  9. [update]


(1) Saltzer’s Field was a field used for landing planes located in the are of Ward Ave. and Losey Blvd. The Saltzer’s were neighbors of Ben’s grandfather Frank before they moved to town.

Marcus Mader 1910 –

Marcus Mader
1910 –

Mark was Joseph and Angeline’s third son born on May 19, 1910.

Mark had lived in Washington D.C. before he joined the Army where he worked in the Army Finance Office in New Delhi, India. On his discharge from the service in October of 1945, Mark came back to La Crosse for a short time before returning to Washington D.C.

Mark received a job in Civil Services through a typing contest which he had won. A position he was to keep for 40 years.

At the age of 36, Mark married Mary Bianca on January of 1946. Mary was from New York City and was living in Washington D.C.. Soon after their marriage, Mark and Mary bought a brick row house in Georgetown, six blocks from the Capital. (1)

They had three daughters: Francis, Catherine, and Florence.

In October of 1969, Mark’s sister Helen and her husband Lester visited them. Two weeks later Helen had died and Mary became ill with Bell’s Palsy. They could not go to Helen’s funeral because Mary needed to be hospitalized. Mary never came home, she died in the hospital in 1970.

Over the years Mark had collected over 40 restored antique violins with a value of over $1,000.00 apiece. As a young man in La Crosse, Mark played the violin in an orchestra with his brother Joe. Mark started playing when he took violin lessons from the nuns at Holy Trinity Grade School. Mark also had collected a complete set of National Geographic, dating back forty years.

  1. Francis Mader was born on September 13, 1947. She married William Harris in 1974. Francis is employed by the University of Virginia working in an office and William is a Sergeant in the Sheriffs Dept. of Loudoun Co. Virginia. They reside in Centerville, VA and have one daughter:
    1. Judith Harris born on March 14, 1976.
  2. Catherine Mader was born December 21, 1948 and in 1972 married Charles Malina. Catherine is a data processing computer operator. She and her husband have divorced. They had one daughter.
    1. Vanessa Malina born on May 6, 1977.
  3. Florence Mader the last child born July 18, 1951 married Toni De Somma in 1979. Toni is a contract administrator for Syscon in San Diego, Cal.. They are the parents of two girls and are expecting a son in October:
    1. Monica De Somma was born April 18, 1980.
    2. Melissa De Somma was born on March 28, 1984.
    3. Expecting a boy in October of 1986.


(1) Mark has been living in the house up to the present time. The real estate value of Georgetown property has greatly appreciated. Homes selling for well over $200,000.00.

John Mader 1908 –

John Mader
1908 –

John was born in the Mader home on 13th St. on June 10, 1908 to Joseph and Angeline Mader, five months after his grandmother Rose died.

After high school, John joined the Air Force and was stationed in Alabama. In the service he worked with radio equipment pursuing an interest he had as a boy. His girlfriend Gretchen Schmidt, a school teacher from La Crosse, came down to Alabama in 1942 and John and Gretchen were married there.

On his return to La Crosse, John worked for John Papenfuss, an electrical contractor. Eventually John started his own company called “Mader Electric Company”, located on Avon Street. John became on of Wisconsin’s most successful electrical contractors. His biggest project was the rewiring of the State Capital during remodeling in Madison, Wisconsin, a job that took several years to complete. Among his other big accounts John did the electrical work on Viterbo College in La Crosse.

John was good to his mother Angeline and when his father died he supported her financially for many years. After Angeline had a stroke and needed to be hospitalized, John paid her hospital bill of almost a year. John and Gretchen were especially close to his sister Helen and her family.

John and Gretchen did not have children. Gretchen taught Jefferson Grade School in La Crosse until her retirement. She died of cancer in 1980. John remained in their home at 6878 Cloverdale Rd. Onalaska until he sold it this year when he became ill with Parkinson’s Disease and needed care.

A pilot, John greatest pastime was flying. Through the years he owned three airplanes which took him on trips all over the country.

Local Honors Two
Longtime Members

John Mader, too, made significant contributions to this local union. John served as a delegate to the old Central Trades and Labor Council and as a delegate to the La Crosse Building and Construction Trades Council. In 1946 John formed the Mader Electric Company and became one on Wisconsin’s most successful electrical contractors. Mader Electric Company employed many members of this organization during the 24 years John was in business and for those of us who were fortunate enough to have worked for John Mader, we all can say that we never worked for a fairer employer. Local 135 wishes Len Roellich and John Mader many more healthful years of a richly deserved retirement.

F. Joseph Mader 1907 – 1983

F. Joseph Mader
1907 – 1983

The first child of Joseph and Angeline Mader, F. Joseph was born December 30, 1907. Every morning when he was a boy, Joe would meet a farmer who delivered milk in his wagon. Joe helped him peddle it. He also helped his dad in the clothing store. Reminiscing, Joe had said, “I more or less grew up there, from a little boy on up I was down there delivering packages and working around”

In ca. 1931, Joseph and Esther Krunkenfeldt were married. Within seven years time the became the parents of five children: Janice, Delores, Angeline, John and Rosemary. When John was 2-3 weeks old he became ill with polio and developed Infantile Paralyses. Viola Winkel remembers that day. “Every Sunday Joe and Esther took my dad out for a ride. On Easter Sunday we were out riding when Esther said the baby was sick and it was polio.”

Only 32 years old, Esther died unexpectedly while in the hospital on March 8, 1944 leaving Joseph with five young children between the ages of twelve and six. This was too much for Joseph to cope with so the children went to the orphanage for a short time and then lived with their grandmother Angeline Mader. When they were older, they moved back home with their father. Viola said:

“Joe had a hard time when his wife died so early. It was rough for Joe and he grew depressed. I knew him as a younger man. Oh, he had a different personality then. His wife and I used to go with to the dances and had such a good time. He loved music.”

Joseph was a musician and for thirty years he directed “Joe Mader’s Dance Band”. He learned all about music by taking private coronet lessons when he was young.

In 1933, two years after his father died, Joseph went to work for his uncle Frank in the Mader Clothing Store selling men’s wear. “In the 30’s a vested suit sold for $14.95”, Joe recalled. After his uncle sold the store in 1951, Joe stayed on through several owners, not retiring until age 76 when the store closed it doors Monday, January 10, 1983. He had been a full time employee for 50 years.

“From now on, I want to take it easy, enjoy life. That’s it-period.” Joe had said. The next morning, January 11th, Joseph died of a heart attack in his home.

  1. Janice Mader was the first child born in 1932. She first married Dave Brieske who died in a drowning accident in 1956. They had the following three children:
    1. Barbara Brieske was born in 1952 and is married to Curt Sanders. He is a wholesale clothing salesman and they have four children:
      • Christopher Sanders
      • Jessica Sanders
      • Dustin Sanders
      • Katie Sanders
    2. Jo Ann Brieske was born in 1954. She is an actress performing with the Edge Water Dinner
      Theater in Minneapolis, Minn.
    3. Kathleen Brieske born in 1956, married Dan Gustafson. Dan is employed with Waste Water Works for the city of Racine. They have four children:
      • Joe Gustafson
      • Bob Gustafson
      • Bill Gustafson
      • Elizabeth Gustafson

      Janice’s second husband is Robert Auer who taught at Aquinas High School in La Crosse before moving to Racine, WI. He is now a counselor at Horlick High School and also owns Peppermint Gymnastics Studio. Janice teaches English at Case High School. They are the parents of five more children:

    4. Patricia Auer was born in 1960. She married Phil Mastos who is a cook in a Racine restaurant. They have two children
      • Melissa Mastos
      • Lindsey Mastos
    5. Aimee Auer born in 1961 and is a gymnastics coach
    6. Theresa Auer was born in 1962 and also is a gymnastics coach.
    7. Thomas Auer born in 1961 is a senior at the University of Iowa.
    8. John Auer was born in 1966 and is a Freshman at Stout in Menomonie, WI
  2. Delores Mader born in 1934, was first married to Robert Virnig who died suddenly in 1964. She then married Ernest Bowenkamp, Jr. They live in Des Moines, Iowa and have one daughter:
    1. Laura Jean born in 1973
  3. Angeline Mader was born in 1936. She married Alton Stelter, who is working for the U.S. Postal Service in Madison. They reside in Orfordville, WI and are the parents of five children:
    1. Steven Stelter born on September 1, 1954, married Cathleen. He is employed by the University of Arizona in Tuscon.
    2. Robin Stelter was born March 12, 1957. She married Tom Lancer. They are dairy farming and are the parents of twins.
      • ________Lancer born in October on 1982
      • ________Lancer
    3. Timothy Stelter was born January 26, 1961 and lives in Denver, Col.
    4. Eric Stelter born August 12, 1966 is employed by the U.S. Postal Service in Madison.
    5. Lynn Stelter was born December 17, 1968 and is a high school senior.
  4. John Mader was the only son born in 1937. As an infant he was stuck with polio. John recently got married and lives in Ankony, IA near Des Moines.
  5. Rosemary Mader was the last child born in 1938. She married John Holt. They were the new parents of a baby boy when Rosemary was killed in a car accident in

    • Brondon Holt born in 1962.