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Terence J. Strong

October 28, 1944 September 26, 2018
Terence J. Strong
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Obituary for Terence J. Strong

APPLETON/MADISON-Terence J. Strong, age 73, of Madison, passed away on Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018, at Meriter Hospital. He was born on Oct. 28, 1944, in Manhattan, NY, the son of Thomas and Alice (Finnegan) Strong. Terry attended St. John's Prep School in Brooklyn and continued his studies in Colorado at Mesa College, where he met his future wife, Frances Peterson. They were blessed with three children and made their home in Appleton, Wis. Terry then moved to Madison in the mid 80's. Terry had many passions from Notre Dame to nicknames, St. John’s to Seger, pizza to Philanthropy, storytelling to song lyrics, God’s Country to The Old Country, Runaway Bay to Red Stripe, alongside an incredible zest for bringing people together from all walks of life. He believed in hard work and used that energy in not only establishing his own company but also initiating the annual group for Al’s Run in Milwaukee and donating time and resources to communities in Jamaica. Family always came first, he believed strongly in giving his children two things: roots and wings. Because of this, he allowed his children to flourish and follow their dreams. Terry was a proud father, great man and will be dearly missed. Walk Good. Bless Up. Respect. Terence is survived by his children, Deborah (Richard) Zeller, Christine Strong, and Terence J. Strong, Jr. and their mother, Frances Strong; grandchildren, Madeline and Riley Zeller; brothers, Thomas (Donna) Strong, Matthew (Ellen) Strong, and John (Barbara) Strong; sisters, Alice (John) Stritzl and Margaret (William) Lyons; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, and son-in-law, Allen J. Nelson. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at ST. MARIA GORETTI CATHOLIC CHURCH, 5313 Flad Ave., Madison, at 11 a.m. on Monday Oct. 8, 2018, with Father Ken Boller, S.J. presiding and Father Mike Burke concelebrating. Burial will be held at St. Joseph Valley Memorial Park in South Bend, Ind. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON FITCHBURG FUNERAL AND CREMATION CARE, 2950 Chapel Valley Rd., Fitchburg, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Monsignor Albert St Patrick’s Foundation in Kingston, Jamaica. Online condolences may be made at

Gunderson Fitchburg
Funeral & Cremation Care
2950 Chapel Valley Road

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4:00 PM 10/7/2018 4:00:00 PM - 6:00 PM 10/7/2018 6:00:00 PM
Gunderson Fitchburg Funeral & Cremation Care

2950 Chapel Valley Rd.
Fitchburg, WI 53711

Gunderson Fitchburg Funeral & Cremation Care
2950 Chapel Valley Rd. Fitchburg 53711 WI
United States

Mass of Christian Burial




11:00 AM 10/8/2018 11:00:00 AM
St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church

5313 Flad Ave
Madison, WI

St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church
5313 Flad Ave Madison WI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Monsignor Albert St Patrick's Foundation in Kingston, Jamaica


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