Myrtle Othelia Thiesenhusen

March 2, 1905 - Dec. 31, 2006

Myrtle Othelia Thiesenhusen was born March 2, 1905, in Waukesha, the daughter of William and Alvina Honeyager. She passed away Sunday, Dec. 31, 2006, at age 101.

Myrtle was a lifelong member of the Waukesha Evangelical and Reformed Church, now the United Church of Christ. She was baptized there in 1905, confirmed in 1912 and taught Sunday school for 16 years. Later in life, she was active in the Priscilla Group and the Mary Gardeners at the church.

Myrtle graduated from Waukesha High School in 1922. She continued her education taking courses at Whitewater State Teachers College, Milwaukee State Teachers College, the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, Carroll College and Milwaukee Area Technical College. She taught for 26 years in Waukesha and Bethesda Township. She was a teacher at the West Moreland Grade School for four years and Bethesda Grade School for eight years in the 1920s and 1930s. She resumed teaching, beginning in the 1950s at Lawnsdale Grade School for 14 years, and then became a member of the Retired State Teachers Association of Wisconsin. In 2000, 50 years after she started her teaching career, her former students at Lawnsdale School honored her with a special celebration and award at Lawnsdale Schoolís centennial.

She married Arthur Henry Thiesenhusen of New Berlin on Aug. 18, 1934, in Waukesha. She lived on a dairy farm in Muskego. Myrtle and Arthur raised four sons. Myrtle was an active 4-H leader in Tess Corners and New Berlin where her sons were members. At the Wisconsin State Fair, she entered baked goods and demonstrated baking. She won many top prizes at the state championship for bread in 1956. Myrtle and Artie moved to Oak Hill Village in Waukesha in 1982.

Myrtle was preceded in death by her husband, Arthur, in June 1990. She also was preceded in death by her sisters, Carrie Schneider, Amy Honeyager and Etta Pitzka; brothers, Albert, William, Harry and John Honeyager; son, William; and grandson, James Thiesenhusen. She is survived by her three sons, John A. Thiesenhusen (wife Pat) of Sun Prairie, Arthur J. Thiesenhusen (wife Bonnie) of Waukesha and Charles L. Thiesenhusen (partner Earl) of Kansas City, Mo. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Kay, Gail, Ed, Paul, Cindy, Charles and Aaron, and great-grandchildren, Brandon, Grace and Benjamin.

Myrtle will be remembered for her love of her family and of her students. She enjoyed being socially active, whether organizing school plays or Evangelical and Reformed Church activities, leading 4-H events, hosting 500 card club games and garden club tours, or being Mrs. Santa Claus at Oak Hill Village. She appreciated the caregivers and fellow residents at Oak Hill Terrace House in Waukesha and St. Maryís Care Center in Madison. She loved flower gardening, reading and baking, which she passed on to her sons. She loved life and will always be a wonderful example to those that knew her.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the noon funeral service Thursday, Jan. 4, at Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The Rev. Ralph Schultz will officiate. Interment will immediately follow the service at Prairie Home Cemetery, Waukesha.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Evangelical and Reformed United Church of Christ Rebuilding Fund, 1220 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha, WI 53186, or to the charity of the donorís choice.

For more information, call Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 542-6609 or visit www.waukeshafuneralhome.com for online obituaries, directions or condolences.