June 24, 1914- Oct. 23, 2007
Theophile (nee Smith) Gorman, a former longtime resident of Waukesha, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2007, following a short stay at the HospiceCare Residence in Fitchburg. For the last three years, she lived with her husband, William Gorman, at Middleton Glen Senior Residence in Middleton. She was born in Richland Center on June 24, 1914, to Elmer and Ada Smith.
Theophile graduated from Waukesha High School. She majored in English and Spanish at Carroll College, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in 1943. She later did post graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. She taught Spanish as well as English as a second language to native Spanish speakers at Waukesha Vocational School, now Waukesha County Technical College, for many years.
Theophile began her journalism career at the Waukesha Freeman in the 1960s, for many years reporting feature stories, doing interviews, and writing cooking and womenﾕs page articles. She also was a reporter for the Waukesha Post. She was a recipient of journalism awards for news stories, features and interviews. As a member of National Federation of Press Women, she served on the board of directors in 1975 and participated in national press womenﾕs events, proudly earning continuing education units of credit at several universities around the country. With the Wisconsin Press Womenﾕs Association, she served in numerous positions such as secretary, vice president and president, and helped organize statewide events.
Within her community, Theophile was a member of the Waukesha Jaycettes, Waukesha Symphony Auxiliary, Waukesha Womenﾕs Club for 50 years, Carroll College Pioneers Club and the YWCA. She served as a chairman of publicity and was a newsletter editor for several organizations. In the Waukesha Beacon Lights Club, which early on helped start the first library in Waukesha, she served as club secretary for many years.
She enjoyed gardening, several bridge clubs, reading, traveling, cooking, entertaining, china painting, ceramics, dancing, camping and writing and owned several Boston terrier bulldogs. She was a member of Moor Downﾕs (Moorland) Womenﾕs Golf League, Footnotes Dance Club and Vagabonds Camping Group. She was a prolific letter writer to family and friends.
In retirement, Theophile and Bill were snowbirds to Mesa, Ariz., at the Valle Del Oro Resort RV Park for 22 winters. They were members of the Valle Del Oro Pioneers Club and had many friends and good times. She and Bill were lifelong members of St. Matthias Episcopal Church, where they were married in 1941 in the chapel. They were married for 66 years and lived at their house on Wabash Avenue in Waukesha for 52 years, where they enjoyed gardening, assisting elderly friends with care packages, including their dear friend and next-door neighbor, Ruth Dale (deceased), and visiting with many family members and friends on their summer breezeway.
She is survived by her husband, William P. Gorman, age 93; daughters, Kathleen (Harry) Marshall of Lake Tomahawk and Carole (Loren) Ziglin of Cross Plains; four grandchildren, Capt. Harry (Amy) Marshall Jr., serving in the U.S. Marines in West Germany, Erin (Paul) Bierwagen of Dallas, Kimberly (Bradley) Bishop of Middleton and Nicholas (Nikki Fortin) Marshall of Grayslake, Ill.; six great-grandchildren, Luke, Ty, Jane, Sylvie, Olin and Ann-Marie, plus one on the way; and her sister, Helen (Smith) Cooper of Cottage Grove. She is also survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Services will continue Monday, Oct. 29, at St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 111 E. Main St., Waukesha, with visitation from 9:30 a.m. until the 10 a.m. funeral Mass. The Rev. Dr. Thomas Barnett will preside. Burial will follow at Prairie Home Cemetery. There will also be a memorial service held at a later date at the HospiceCare Center Chapel in Fitchburg.
Memorials may be made to St. Matthias Episcopal Church, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha, WI 53187, or to HospiceCare Center, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711.
For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035, or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.