MADISON – Tana Godfriaux danced out into the world in the jazz age. She was the daughter of Russell and Esther in Wisconsin.
After a long and dynamic life, she recently passed away at Meriter Hospital in the roaring 2020s.
Tana was a musician, athlete, math, science and natural childbirth teacher, dancer and creator of the New Orleans Second Line umbrellas. She was an active member of the Madison Jazz Society for four decades and taught at Monona Grove High School for 27 years.
A shared love of jazz led Tana to her husband, pianist and trombonist Jim Godfriaux.
Long after Jim’s untimely death, she met her new love, Chicago jazz bassist Dan Shapera.
Tana’s surviving children are Steve, Stan (Colleen), Lynnea (Brad), and Janine (Jim); and she is further survived by her brother Wayne (Nancy).
Her grandchildren are Justin, Alyssa (Josh), Isaac and Colton. Kia preceded her in passing.
A celebration of life is coming.
Gunderson Funeral Home, Monona, is doing the preparations.
Donations honoring Tana’s desire to “keep jazz alive” can be made to the Madison Jazz Society at https://www.madisonjazz.com/sponsorship/.
Tana’s jazz spirit lives on.
Published by Madison.com on January 16, 2022.