Earl Joseph Madary

Earl Joseph Madary died peacefully in his home in the early morning of Sunday, Dec. 16, 2007. He was a loving husband and friend to Marci for 19 years and proud father of Rachel and Joseph. Earl was preceded in death by his parents, Don and Rose Madary.

Earl was born May 1, 1965, in Ferndale, Mich., near Detroit. He graduated from Wausau Newman High School in 1983. He received his BA degree in Vocal Performance and Church Music from Viterbo University in 1988, an MA in Pastoral Theology from St. Mary’s University in Winona, Minn., and his Doctorate of Ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, Ind.

Earl began his ministry at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Holmen, Wis., in 1988 and also taught elementary music at St. Pius School in La Crosse. He began his teaching career at Viterbo University in 1992. Earl was honored with the Leadership Award in 1999, Mission Exemplar Award in 2000, Alumni Spirit of St. Francis Award in 2005 and Viterbo’s Teacher of the Year in 2005. He was presently Chair of the Religious Studies and Philosophy Department. Earl was an accomplished musician in voice, guitar and keyboard, and was the Director of the St. Francis Choir at Viterbo campus church.

As a founding member of A Place of Grace Catholic Worker House in La Crosse, Earl was a solid voice of compassion and justice for all people, especially the poor and oppressed. Earl was an incredible scripture scholar and taught for the Diocesan School of Biblical Studies.

Along with his wife and children, Earl is survived by his extended family, Jim and Joan Kampschroer; Jane, Bob, Sara and Rebecca Wilcox; and Lori, Mitch, Allison and Kylie Slaughter.

Earl was extraordinary in every way. He was a model servant leader, loved ecology and was a strong advocate for the environment. He embodied the principles of Catholic social teaching and lived and died in the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi. Earl influenced all he touched as a teacher, musician, and faithful witness to the Gospel. He lived his “one wild and precious life” with passion, whether in the canoe on the river or on the North Shore with his family, in the classroom with his students or with his friends around the kitchen table.

Thank you, brother Earl, for touching our lives profoundly.

Pax et Bonum.

A Mass celebrating Earl’s life will be held at San Damiano Chapel on the campus of Viterbo University on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6:30 p.m. followed by a reception and visitation in the Fine Arts Center Lobby.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Madary Children Fund at Marine Credit Union, 127 West Avenue N, La Crosse, WI 54601.

The Dickinson Family Funeral Home and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements.

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