Elsie J. Helgert Donovan

Nov. 1, 1924 - May 4, 2007

Elsie J. Helgert Donovan died Friday, May 4, 2007, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital. She was born Nov. 1, 1924, in Ashwaubenon to Bennie N. and Annette (nee Thompson) Olsen.

Elsie was a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and she did graduate work at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. She taught school in Sussex, Muskego, Greenfield, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands and Kewaunee. Since retirement, she has volunteered for the Waukesha County museum, doing historical puppet shows, quilt making and historical characterizations. She was a volunteer through the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program of Waukesha County, Inc. She was a coordinator for the Intergenerational Folk Art Fairs at the schools in Waukesha County. She was a member of the Waukesha County Retired Educators Association, Wisconsin Educators Association-Retired, National Educators Association-Retired, Puppeteers of America, Inc; Wisconsin Puppetry Guild and the Retired Senior and Senior Volunteer Program of Waukesha County, Inc.

She is survived by her sons, Edward J. (Sue) Helgert Jr. of Mukwonago, Robert J. (friend Tami Johnson) Helgert of Amherst and Mark J. (Gwenda) Helgert of Waukesha; grandsons, Erik (Laura) of West Allis, David (Samantha) of the town of Vernon, Matthew (Nikki) Helgert of Genesee Depot and great-grandchildren Zackery, Alexis, Gage and Ricky. She is further survived by her brother, Ronald (Erma) Olsen of Sun City, Calif.; Clarence (the late Helen) Olsen of Green Cove Springs, Fla., sister-in-law Patricia Olsen of Davis, Calif., special long-time friends, Esther Burke of Kewaunee, Dolores Wrzesinski of Muskego and Dona Lundin of Waukesha; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives also survive.

A celebration of Elsie’s life will be held Saturday, May 19, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Summit Woods, 2105 Summit Ave., Waukesha.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Waukesha Memorial Cancer Center, 721 American Ave., Waukesha, WI 53188; Stillwaters Cancer Support, 434 Madison St., Waukesha, WI 53188; or any musical group in Waukesha are suggested.

The family would like to thank the many friends, health care professionals and doctors (especially Dr. Timothy McAvoy) who have been a part of Elsie’s life.

For additional information or directions, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation & Preplanning Services at 547-4035. To leave an online tribute message for the family, please visit www.waukeshafunerals.com.