American Guild of Organists
Milwaukee Chapter
Final Cadences
Word has reached us of the passing of these musicians

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

For nearly 40 years, Karen Stabelfeldt taught the children.

As a Christian educator, she taught them the value of faith. As a music director, she taught them the beauty of rhythm, melody, harmony.

She taught compassion by example as a foster parent for children with medical needs, and she taught them strength by continuing to teach through a 15-year battle with cancer.

"She retired in June because she didn't think it would be fair to her students if she didn't make it through the next year," said Andrea Corona, principal of MacDowell Montessori School in Milwaukee, where Stabelfeldt taught since 2008.

"But she came back during the first semester to volunteer."

Stabelfeldt died Thursday at 63.

"She was really good at meeting the individual needs of every child," said Paula Ambos, a teacher at MacDowell and a friend of Stabelfeldt for the past 10 years. "And she really worked hard to educate parents on how best to support their children's development."

She was born Karen Jill Younger on Feb. 15, 1951, the third of five children of George and Mary Janice Younger.

She grew up in West Allis, graduating from Nathan Hale High School before earning a degree in psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.

She later earned an associate degree in culinary arts from Milwaukee Area Technical College and a theology degree from Concordia University and studied at the Milwaukee Montessori Training Center, said her husband Kimm Stabelfeldt.

Her Christian education career included work at New Life Community Church in Milwaukee, Brookfield Presbyterian and Trinity Presbyterian in Milwaukee, he said.

"Children are what drove her," said Kimm Stabelfeldt, who is director of Heal the Children of Wisconsin, a nonprofit organization that arranges local medical care for impoverished children from around the world.

Karen and Kimm Stabelfeldt provided foster care for five children brought to Wisconsin through the organization for heart and cosmetic surgery.

"It's a world community. Who is to say when a child is born, that the child can't receive the medical care needed?" Karen Stabelfeldt said in a 1995 newspaper interview.

After she was diagnosed with breast cancer about 15 years ago, Stabelfeldt stopped foster parenting but continued to teach, even through remissions and bouts of reoccurrences that included bone, stomach, intestinal and liver cancer, her husband said.

"Her Montessori training at MacDowell was very taxing, but she was committed to the children to get it done," Kimm Stabelfeldt said.

Karen Stabelfeldt also played the organ at Good Shepherd-Trinity Church and conducted the bell choir at Community United Methodist Church, her husband said.

And even after her illness forced her to leave the payroll at MacDowell in June, Stabelfeldt returned during the fall semester as volunteer, tutoring kids in reading, Corona said.

"She knew she only had a few months left," Corona said. "And she chose to spend it helping our children."

In addition to her husband, Karen Stabelfeldt is survived by daughter Danika Rzentkowski and sons Brett Stabelfeldt and Derek Stabelfeldt.

Karen Stabelfeldt

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Good Shepherd Trinity Church, 3302 N. Sherman Blvd., with a visitation from noon to 3 p.m.

Source: Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Marie-Claire Alain
(August 10, 1926 – February 26, 2013)

The great French organist Marie Claire Alain passed away last night. In a world of hype, where it seems every event and every performer is touted as the "best-ever," she was the real deal. I've enjoyed reading the various tributes on FB and online about this wonderful performer and teacher. Many in the organ world have had opportunities for much more contact with Marie Claire Alain than I. I just wanted to post these few thoughts as an indication of how far-reaching this extraordinary woman's influence was.

She recorded the complete organ works of J.S.Bach (for those not familiar with the organ world, that body of work fills about 15 CDs), a monumental achievement once in a lifetime -- and she did it three times! Listening to the recordings, one can hear her evolving interpretations of the works and the influence of the organs she chose to play.

In person, she was gracious and had a wonderful sense of humor. She was an exacting teacher who demanded and got excellence from students without resorting to sarcasm or other demeaning behavior.Her live performances were consistently fabulous, no matter the venue or the size of the audience -- or her age!

She was a champion of the music of her composer brother, Jehan; since he died in his 20s during WWII, without Marie-Claire's influence we would not know many of his works.

What a great role model to follow. She will be greatly missed.

Jan Kraybill
Conservator of the Julia Kauffman Casavant pipe organ · Kansas City, Missouri and
Organist of Community of Christ International Headquarters, Kansas City, MO.
Former Councillor of AGO Region VI

Edward Doemland Passed away Saturday, August 11, 2012, age 74 years. Edward was born in Chicago, IL, on February 5, 1938, to Henry and Betty (Sheldon) Doemland. When he was four Ed and his family moved to Des Plaines, IL. He was at Lawrence College from 1955-1958. Ed taught Chemistry at Freeport High school in Illinois from 1959-1963 and then at West Allis Central High School from 1963-2003. He played the organ at Grace Episcopal Church in Freeport, IL, for 1959-1963 and at St. Peters Episcopal Church in West Allis, from 1963 until the present. He has also played from time to time at congregation Emanu-El B'NE Jeshurun. Ed was a percussionist in the Milwaukee Civic Orchestra (now Festival City Symphony) from 1965 until the present. He was a freelance jazz pianist for many years. From 1974 he included jazz in some church services with the help of local musicians. For more than 20 years, Ed served on the High School Test Committee of the American Chemical Society and 2 years at its chair. The Milwaukee Branch of the Chemical society gave him a teaching award in the 1970's. Ed was a member of many organizations including the National Science Teachers Association. He was a life member of the Hymn Society of the U.S. and Canada. Ed was extremely interested in the performing arts and attended as many productions as he could with much eagerness. Ed was preceded in death by his Father in 1975 and his Mother in 1985. He was also preceded in death by his special friend, Doris Krupinski in 1989. Survivors include his sister Ann Lenox Doemland, his special friend since 1993, Rae E. Whitney of Scottsbluff, Nebraska. Also survived by cousins, other relatives and many friends. Instate at the Funeral Home Wednesday 4-9PM. Funeral Mass Thursday 10AM at St. Peter's Episcopal Church (7929 W. Lincoln Ave.). Please Meet at Church. Private Interment Acacia Cemetery, Chicago, IL. In lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Peter's Episcopal Church or the Festival City Symphony appreciated.

Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on August 12, 2012

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David Craighead, 26 March 2012

The organ world mourns the loss of David Craighead (1924-2012). From 1955-1992 he was Professor of Organ at the Eastman School of Music and later Adjunct Professor of Organ at Duquesne University. His lasting legacy lives on through his many students.

Marie Ann Suchocki
Born to Eternal Life on Sunday, February 5, 2012, age 76. Beloved wife of Martin for 41 years. Loving mother of Christopher Suchocki and Michael (Bryn) Suchocki. Proud grandmother of Rachel, Elsie and Kelvin. Also loved by brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and other family and friends. Visitation at ST. EUGENE CATHOLIC CHURCH, 7600 N. Port Washington Rd., Milwaukee, WI 53217 on Saturday, February 11, 2012, 11-12:30 PM. Funeral Mass 12:30 PM. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Marie's name appreciated to the church. Marie was a member of St. Agnes congregation for 19 years as well as a member of the American Guild of Organists for 30 years. She retired from MPS in the year 2000. (From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

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Dr. Gerre Hancock (1934 - 2012)
Dr. Hancock died peacefully, Saturday, January 21, of cardiac arrest in Austin, Texas. His body will be cremated, and a memorial Choral Requiem Eucharist for him will be celebrated at Saint Thomas in the week of January 29 - February 4, with a reception following the liturgy. Dr. Hancock's ashes will be interred beneath the floor of the St. Thomas chancel where the Choir Directors stand to lead the choir.

Here is a link to his obituary in The New York Times:
Link to NY Times Obituary

Robert Harrold --
Robert E. Harrold died June 24, 2011, at the age of 65 years. Preceded in death by his parents, William and Loretta Harrold. Beloved husband of Paula and father of Michael (Joanne), Carl (Mary) and Jack Harrold Grandfather of James, Jennifer, Matthew and Daniel. Further survived by many dear friends. Bob was an amazingly diverse, passionate person in life. He was an accomplished racecar driver, volunteer fireman, computer, telecommunications and electronics field expert, and woodworker. He was possessed of great intellect and quick wit. His life long passion was music. He began music lessons at the age of 4 with the piano. Throughout his life, he would learn many different instruments and become an accomplished certified organist. His skill was requested for several religious albums, utilizing both his passion for music and expertise with technology. For the past 25 years, Bob brought together and directed the Irish Fest Liturgy for Peace and Justice Choir and was chosen to join Archbishop Timothy Dolan in 2006 on a pilgrimage following in the foot-steps of Saint Patrick through Ireland. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Saturday, July 2, at 2:30PM, at Gesu Church (W. Wisconsin Ave., at N. 12th St.), with a visitation at church from 1:30PM until time of Mass. Donations in Bob's name may be made to Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care (3217 W. Fiddlers Creek, Waukesha, WI 53188) or Helping Hands at Lumen Christi Church (11300 N. St. James Ln., Mequon, WI 53092). BRETT FUNERAL HOME (414) 342-0692
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on June 29, 2011

Link to obituary: HERE

Astrid Schumell -- Chapter member, Astrid Schumell "went home" to complete her baptismal journey, Saturday, December 18th.  Burial of the Dead with Holy Communion will be Thursday, December 23, 2010, at 1:00 p.m., with visitation from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, Menomonie Falls, Prs Mark Knappe (Gloria Dei) & Lowell Timm (Capitol Drive Lutheran Church)serving.
Pr. John Henry Schumell, Husband of 56 years
Bill (Donna) Schumell &  (Grandson) Joshua
Cathy (Ray) Lamovec & Vincent & Molly
Jean (Bob) Wihsmann

Here is a link to the Death Notice in the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Henry R. Weiland -- Milwaukee Organbuilder (Peters-Weiland Co.)
HERE is a link to the obituary

Paul O. Manz 10.28.09 HERE is a link to information.

Harriet Riddile
-- Member David Bahrke submitted THIS image of a newspaper clipping concerning the passing of Harriet Riddile.

Richard Weber -- HERE is a link to information about Richard's passing.

Phyllis Stringham-- HERE is a link to information about Phyllis' passing.

Alan Wicks - Canterbury Cathedral Organist and champion of new music. HERE is a link to the obituary.

Richard Hillert
- Here is a link to the Morningstar press page which has a photo and complete biography.

Richard Proulx - Below is a portion of his obituary:

“Multifaceted” only begins to describe the life and impact of Richard Proulx. He was a widely published composer of more than 300 works, including congregational music in every form, sacred and secular choral works, song cycles, two operas, and instrumental and organ music. He served as a consultant for such denominational church hymnals as The Hymnal 1982 (Episcopal Church), New Yale Hymnal, the Methodist Hymnal, Worship II & III, (Roman Catholic Church), and has contributions in the Mennonite Hymnal and the Presbyterian Hymnal. He conducted choral festivals and workshops across the country as well as in Canada, The Netherlands, Switzerland, Scotland, Australia, and New Zealand, and served as a mentor and inspiration to church musicians of all denominations.

Austin Lovelace

Dear AGO Colleagues

I am very sorry to be writing to inform you that our beloved Austin Lovelace passed away last evening, Sunday, 25 April 2010. Many of you know that he was diagnosed with inoperable liver cancer in mid-March and was immediately placed in hospice care at home. However, the prognosis then was that it was likely to take several months for the illness to run its course.

At the AGO board meeting last Monday (a week ago today), the board voted to send flowers to let Austin know he was in our thoughts and prayers, and Billie Busby graciously ordered a flowering plant on our behalf. Austin called and left a message on our answering machine at home on Friday afternoon not only to thank the AGO for the plant but also, in characteristic fashion, to scold us "for wasting chapter funds" in that manner. When I returned the call that evening, Austin had already retired for the night, but Polly thanked me three times for the fact that we had sent a "living plant" that she could tend for a long time. I asked her to share with Austin that the board felt it was money well spent to let him know we were thinking of him and that I hoped he could feel each leaf and bloom represented the thoughts and prayers of every member of the Denver chapter. She was most appreciative and said she would tell him.

When I spoke with her this morning, she indicated that Austin's condition had then worsened quickly on Saturday, and he was transferred to a hospice facility where he died on Sunday evening. She and the family are presently preparing an obituary, and there will be two memorial services, one at Montview and one at Wellshire, though arrangements for both are still pending.

I will inform you about those as soon as I hear more.


Mark Alan Filbert, MM, MSM, Cantor
Saint Paul Lutheran Church

Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Te decet hymnus Deus, in Sion,
et tibi reddetur votum in Ierusalem.
Exaudi orationem meam;
ad te omnis caro veniet.
Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.

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