Madison- Agnes Dorothy (Hundt) Blair, age 85, of Madison, passed away on October 18, 2013.
Agnes was born to Frank and Agnes Hundt, on January 25, 1928, on a small farm in LaCrosse County. She was raised as the only girl among seven brothers. At a very early age, she moved with her parents and brothers to Cashton, Wisconsin.
In 1949, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse with a B.S. degree in English. She then taught at the high schools in Barron, Evansville and Shorewood, Wisconsin and Oaklawn and Colfax, Illinois. In 1952, she taught ballroom dancing at the largest Arthur Murray studio in the United States. During that time, she enjoyed performing with the Arthur Murray Dancers. In 1954, she was married to Milton (Buck) Blair in Cashton. After Milton graduated from Marquette Dental School, they made their home in Madison, where Dr. Blair practiced dentistry for many years.
Agnes led a very fulfilling and active life and enjoyed many hobbies, including traveling, photography, gardening, playing piano, dancing, bowling and playing bridge. She enjoyed working with flowers and was a long-time member of the Mendota Garden Club. She was an activist who wrote many guest columns and letters to the editors. She was a member of an original grass-roots group advocating a Frank Lloyd Wright convention center and later, was a charter member of “Wright for Wisconsin”, the citizen group that rallied for the “yes” vote to build the Monona Terrace Convention Center.
Agnes was blessed with a wide variety of talents and interests throughout her life. She was passionate about music and it was always a special part of her life. She had a beautiful soprano voice and began singing solos in her hometown church in Cashton when she was nine years old. It became a yearly tradition for her to sing, “O Holy Night” at the Midnight Mass there on Christmas Eve. Agnes directed the adult choir at St. Mary of the Lake church, in Westport, for eight years. Later, she became a charter member of the new St. Peter’s parish, organized an adult choir there, and remained the director for 21 years. She enjoyed singing for weddings and funerals.
She had a vibrant personality and charismatic spirit that brought joy and humor to those around her. She was a loyal friend, a caring sister, a devoted wife and a proud grandmother. Above all, she was a loving mother, who taught her children, by example, to be compassionate, unselfish, loving and kind.
She is survived by three of her four children and ten grandchildren: Dianne (George) Black, of Baltimore, Maryland and their children, Catie and Andrew; Annette (Mark) Mohlman, of Waunakee, Wisconsin and their children, Grant and Reed; Amy (Paul) Wagner, of Argyle, Wisconsin and their children, Bryce and Lyla; and her daughter-in-law, Sheryl Blair, of Madison and her children, Justin, Brandon, Jenna and Carson. She is also survived by 3 brothers, many cousins, nieces and nephews and other relatives and friends.
Preceding her in death were her husband of 47 years, Dr. Milton Blair and her beloved son, Dennis J. Blair, both of whom passed away in 2002. Also preceding her in death were her parents, Frank and Agnes Hundt and brothers, Frank, Jim, Ray and Don Hundt.
We have lost our beautiful mother but she will live on in our hearts forever. Sing with the angels, Mom and dance again with Dad!
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Madison on Thursday, October 24 at 11:30, with visitation starting at 10:30. Msgr. Charles Schluter and Fr. Roger Nilles will be officiating. Entombment will be at Roselawn Mausoleum.
Mother, you are like the sun – Your warmth keeps us alive Our world revolves around you Your love nurtures us Our days are brightened by your radiance
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