Laurie Riss, aged 60, passed away on August 4, 2023, in Oregon, Wisconsin, due to complications from cancer. She was born on July 31, 1963, in Oak Park, Illinois.
Laurie's life was a testament to unwavering optimism and a deep love for music. She earned an undergraduate degree in music at the University of Illinois and a master's degree in cello from Rice University. While at U of I Laurie met the love of her life Terry Riss, and On June 8, 1986 they were married.
Laurie's musical talents were showcased in her involvement with the Madison Symphony Orchestra since 1991 and her bass contributions to The "Ladies Must Swing" Big Band. She also gave back to her community by serving as a board member of the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra and was a much-loved teacher to numerous music students in the area.
Even in the face of challenges, Laurie's spirit remained unbreakable. Her optimism and positivity shone brightly, bringing comfort and inspiration to those around her. Her strength extended to her love for Tai Chi, where she found tranquility and exceptional support with the "Wisconsin Living Tao" group.
Laurie is survived by her husband Terry, sons Bradley and Gregory, her father Carl, brothers Tyler and Tim, and was preceded by her mother Anne.
Laurie Riss will be remembered for her dedication to music, her community involvement, and her love for her family. Donations in her memory can be made to the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra (WYSO), PO Box 258039, Madison, WI 53725-6283.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held September 9th at 12pm at First Unitarian Society, 900 University Bay Drive Madison, WI 53705.