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Mary Elizabeth 'Polly' Hegler Welch Cramer


 

Mary Elizabeth "Polly" Hegler Welch Cramer passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on May 3, 2017.

Polly was born on November 6, 1919 to Helen Nash and Melville Hegler, and grew up in Chicago with her sister Sybil (Pete) Giordano.

She went to Beloit College where she met Arthur Welch, Jr., whom she married in 1942. They had 7 children. Polly was a homemaker until Arthur's death in 1961, after which she became an English teacher at Muskego High School, followed by a brief stint as a librarian at Oconomowoc High School.

In 1970 she married Clayton Cramer, who died in 1993.

Survived by her children Polly (Andy) Andrews, Patty (Ed Fisher) Welch, Pamela Meyer, Arthur Welch, Jon (Martha Russell) Welch, Kitty (Bill Camplin) Welch, Tim (Jen Tyler) Welch; grandchildren Patrick Welch, Ezra Meyer, Sydney Meyer Shimko, Delphine Welch Lee, Kai Welch, Windsor Meyer, Sage Welch, Satchel Welch, Sarah Welch, Savannah Welch Camplin, Noah Welch, Adri Tyler-Hall, as well as 8 great grandchildren.

In Polly's words, "I have been grateful to all of them [those she has loved] as I have been grateful to all who have allowed me to love them and who have given me their love. Life is short and never can we give enough time for showing our love, compassion, forgiveness and tolerance and life affirming laughter. LIFE is beautiful and Death…. Is."

Polly was truly beloved by all who met her.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Friends of the Mukwonago River or Caring Bridge as a tribute in the name of Polly Cramer.

Robert A. Steinke

December 24, 1921 – May 7, 2017

Bob, 95, of Mukwonago, passed away peacefully on May 7, 2017 surrounded by his family. He was born in Waukesha on December 24, 1921. Bob is survived by his devoted wife June (née Sprague). They shared 72 years of marriage together. He is also survived by his children Tom (Sharon), Jim (Phyllis), John (Pam), Mary (Don), Bobby (Cindy), Pat (Wade), Dave (Carole), and Sally (Thomas); 16 grandchildren: Mike, Pam (Chris), Penny, Matt (Beth), Erin (Travis), Jesse (Vivienne), Rhonda (Jeff), Heidi, Katie (Norb), Dan (Becky), Nicole (Ryan), Josh, Stacy (Brian), Mindy (Derek), Bree (Tom), Cassy; and 20 great-grandchildren: Mary Ann, Abby, June, Ansley, Easton, Matthew, Andrew, Zach, Zoe, Bryn, Aaron, Caleb, Kendra, Makenzie, Chase, Morgan, Ashton, Xavier, Greenleigh, and Lennix. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Emma Steinke, his sisters, Mildred Kutchera and Mabel Brown, and his granddaughter, Jenny.

Bob loved farming and worked in his garden into his 90s. He was a World War II Army veteran, a member of the American Legion Post 375, and a longtime member of St. James Catholic Parish. He also enjoyed Mukwonago Senior Citizens events. Bob had a strong belief in God and the blessings He brings. He always enjoyed spending time and playing cards with family and friends.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Seasons Hospice Care in Waukesha for their loving, compassionate and attentive care they provided Bob throughout his stay.

Visitation will be held at St. James Catholic Parish in Mukwonago on Thursday, May 11th from 4-7pm with Mass to follow. Burial will be at St. Theresa Cemetery in Eagle on Friday, May 12th at 10:30am.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made St. James in Mukwonago or to their favorite charity in his name. Online guest book at www.haaselockwoodfhs.com.

Patricia 'Pat' Ann Goetsch

Patricia “Pat” Ann Goetsch, born May 23, 1926, passed on Monday May 1, 2017, surrounded by the love of her family.

Pat was a strong, kind, compassionate woman who loved her family fiercely. She was the type of woman who could envelop you in her arms and you knew what love felt like. She was the kind of woman who could smack your fingers away from a hot pan of cookies so that you also knew that sometimes love hurts.

Pat is survived by her husband, John Goetsch, with whom she spent 70 years loving, raising children, taking rides in the country, and bickering. Pat and John had the kind of marriage that makes you take stock of your own relationships to make sure you’re doing it right.

In those years she raised six children, Scott Goetsch, Crystal Wallendal, Holly Brown, Jill Goetsch, Kari Laws, and Kurt Goetsch.  She raised her children to know when to fight and how to go with the flow, she raised them to be strong, independent, and to think for themselves. And she tried to raise them to stay off the back of a motorcycle. Each of those children will tell you that their mother loved them best, which is the mark of an excellent mother. Of course, each of them would be wrong, because she loved her grandchildren best, of whom she collected eleven with a bonus seven great grandchildren.

Pat was Patient Care Coordinator of Orthopedics at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, where they are still telling stories about her. She was an amazing cook, and nobody will be able to make it like grandma did. Her cookies, cakes, and candy (and rhubarb pie if you’re a weirdo) were legendary and birthdays won’t be the same without them.

Pat’s family celebrated her with an intimate graveside service and an epic party with plenty of Asti to make her proud. She joins her mother and father, Leroy and Bessie Morrow, in the Kingdom of Heaven where she’s dancing and singing again.

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