Milesky, Samuel David
MADISON - Samuel David Milesky passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 2006, at age
94. He was born on Aug. 13, 1912, in Waltham, Mass., to Frank and Dobe Milesky.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and
friend. Friends and family knew him as an avid reader, talented joke teller
and successfully persistent bowler. Sam was also known as a delightful and
clever poet, never missing the opportunity to mark every special occasion with
an appropriate poem. Sam graduated from high school in Waltham, in 1931 and
was the first member of the family to enter college. He graduated from
Dartmouth in 1935, with a B.A. in economics. While completing a master's
degree in social studies and education at Harvard, Sam worked full time as a
junior high school teacher in Waltham. In 1940, he married Ruth Fritz and they
had two daughters, Joan and Barbara. Sam accepted a position at the Michigan
School for the Deaf in Flint, Mich., in 1947 and became completely fluent in
sign language. It was always a joy to watch him sign with such feeling and
gusto. In 1956, Sam and his family moved to Madison, where he began working
for the Department of Public Instruction as the Supervisor to State Schools
for the Deaf and the Blind. Sam founded the Wisconsin Federation of the
Council for Exceptional Children in 1965 and served as its first president.
Throughout his career, Sam was involved in a number of local, state and
national organizations and always participated to the fullest extent. In 1975,
he was featured in the Wisconsin State Journal's column "Know Your Madisonian."
Sam retired in 1982, at age 70. Although retired, he remained active
volunteering, becoming a parliamentarian, and hanging out with "the boys." Sam
was preceded in death by his brother, Lew Milesky and sister, Bella Larks. He
leaves behind his wife of 66 years, Ruth; brother, Bill Milesky of Waltham,
Mass.; daughters, Joan (Barry) Gaberman of Park Ridge, N.J. and Barbara (Ron)
Harms of Menasha; grandchildren, Brynn (Simon) Epstein of Washington, D.C.,
Denise Gaberman of Queens, N.Y., Jenny Harms of Durham, N.C. and John
(Kristine) Harms of Madison; great-grandchildren, Isaac and Eva Epstein and
Kya Harms. A memorial service will be held Friday, Dec. 22, 2006, at 2 p.m. at
CRESS FUNERAL HOME, 3610 Speedway Road, Madison. In lieu of flowers, memorials
may be made to Women in Transition, 2842 Moland St., Unit A, Madison, WI 53704
or Wisconsin School for the Deaf, 309 West Walworth Ave., Delavan, WI 53115.
In Sam's own words, "The years have creased my cheeks and brow, even denuded
my head. But I don't miss that crown at all. I've got a halo instead."
Cress Funeral and Cremation Service
3610 Speedway Road