MADISON - Preceded in death by her devoted husband, Robert H. "Bob" DeZonia, and their beloved son, Robert F. "Bobby" DeZonia, Tish peacefully joined her Heavenly Father on Dec. 15, 2015, surrounded in love by her children and grandchildren at Agrace HospiceCare.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., on June 27, 1929, Tish was the third of five children born to Dr. Michael A. and Katherine Heath Hodgson, all of whom preceded her in death.
Raised in Memphis, Tenn., Tish majored in English at Memphis State University where she met Bob. Several years in Illinois led them to Madison, a place Tish fell in love with and returned to after four years in Pierre, S.D.
Women's fashion and antique furnishings highlighted her work years, with stints at Ilse's Living Room of Manchester's, Jan Byce's boutique, and Topaz Antiques. Tish was the first Nursing Home Ombudsman for the State of South Dakota.
A voracious reader, Tish was passionate about all things political and religious, and gatherings ultimately provided certainty that family love is indeed durable and abundant despite it all.
An original "foodie" and great cook, Tish spent years making vats of homemade chicken soup, chili and cheesecake for the homeless.
An expert Bridge player and knitter, Tish loved music, the Arts, Arboretum drives and her little dogs. A die-hard Green Bay Packers and UW Badgers fan, she enjoyed games with an icy cold Budweiser in hand.
Most of all, Tish was a woman of deep faith, a devout Catholic who loved us all deeply and encouraged us to follow our dreams in happiness and spirituality.
Tish is survived by six of her seven children, Kathe Hocum (Kurt Skodje), Anne-Marie Cookson, Suzanne Carter Mullen (Tim), Liz Hinkes (Creighton), Jeanne DeZonia Corcoran (Gregg Gehrke), and Barry DeZonia. She adored her grandchildren, Jen Atherton (Alex), Sean Hocum, David Cookson, Elizabeth Leach (Rob), Jocelyn Cookson Northenscold, Ben Cookson, Katy Carter, Dan Carter (Jennie), Anne DeAtley (Rob), Kristen Kallevig (Ben), Kevin Mullen (Shana), Becca Effertz (Aaron), Joseph Mullen (Kelly), Rachel Hinkes, Travis Hinkes, Mikaila Corcoran, Rebecca Corcoran, Casey DeZonia and Haley DeZonia. She was thrilled to have 13 great-grandchildren and a 14th on the way.
We are so grateful we are here because of our Mom, our Gramma. We will miss her dearly and know her love will abide in us forever.
Mass of Christian Burial will be at ST. ANDREW'S CATHOLIC CHURCH, Verona, on Friday, Dec. 18, 2015, at 10:30 a.m., with visitation at the church one hour prior to service. Interment will be at St. Andrew's immediately following service and luncheon at the church afterward in celebration of Tish's 86 years.
Memorials preferred to St. Andrew's Catholic Church, 301 N. Main St., Verona, WI 53593.
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