Feb. 6, 1910 - Jan. 18, 2008
Grace Howard of Waukesha died Friday, Jan. 18, 2008, at Waukesha Springs Health Rehabilitation Center, in care of Seasons Hospice Care. She was born at home Feb. 6, 1910, on a farm in Ixonia in Jefferson County, the daughter of Louis and Clara (nee Vergenz) Yake.
In the 1930s, while working for the Carnation Company and living in Oconomowoc, she met her beloved husband, Edward Sterling Howard. The two were married in Rockton, Ill., on May 21, 1935. Grace was a stay-at-home mom while she raised her children in Beloit until moving to Waukesha in the mid ‘40s. Grace always loved to bake, cook and entertain young and old in her home. Grace cared for others and took care of the sick. She loved to laugh and dance.
After moving to Waukesha, Grace became a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. She would cook for church functions and bake cupcakes and cookies for the choirs. After retiring, Grace joined the senior groups at the church, stuffed newsletters and bulletins and sewed blankets for World Relief.
Before retiring, Grace was employed at Palmer Products in Waukesha and Products Miniature in Pewaukee.
Grace was a member of Lodge 1884, International Association of Machinists, until her honorary withdrawal in April 1969.
Grace is sadly missed by her son, James (Juanita) of Sun City West, Ariz.; daughters-in-law, Gladys Howard of Glendale and Linda G. Howard of Houston; and her grandchildren, John David Paul Howard of Cedarburg, Jackson Sterling Howard of Houston, Christine L. Miller of Edgerton, David Edward Howard of Waukesha, retired Chief Warrant Officer 4 Mark J. (Debra) Howard of the U.S. Marine Corps, Thomas Howard of Genoa City, Robert J. (Beth) Howard of San Francisco, Suzanne (Joseph) Sienko of Wrightstown, Sandra Crider of Zephyrhills, Fla., and Carl (Julie) Hubbard of De Pere. Grace also has eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Nieces, nephews and many friends also survive her.
Grace was preceded in death by her husband, Edward S. Howard; sons, Kenneth Wayne Howard and Dennis Lee Howard; a granddaughter, Cathy Laverne Howard; her parents, Louis Yake Sr. and Clara Yake; brothers and sisters, Gilbert Yake, Harold Yake, Alice Bankert, Louis Yake Jr., Art Yake, Elmer Yake and Gladys Yake; and daughters-in-law, Verna C. Howard and Linda S. Howard.
Visitation will be held from noon until 1:15 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll St., Waukesha. A 1:30 p.m. service will follow. Burial is private.
Church and Chapel Rudolph-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 549-0659 or visit www.churchandchapel.com to view the online obituary, leave condolences or receive directions.