Dr. Ann Bardeen-Henschel

Sept. 17, 1921 - Nov. 23, 2008

Dr. Ann Bardeen-Henschel, 87, of Oconomowoc, passed away peacefully of natural causes Sunday, Nov. 23, 2008, at her home surrounded by family and friends. She was born Sept. 17, 1921, in Milwaukee.

Dr. Ann Bardeen-Henschel is survived by her daughters, Kira Henschel and Ingrid Bardeen-Henschel; granddaughter, Loris Henschel; Jim and Nancy Bardeen and their family; Bill and Marge Bardeen and their family; Tom Greytak and his family; Ellen and John Stiehl and their family; and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her daughter, Rhonda Henschel (1961-1973), and her husband, Dr. Ernest O. Henschel (1921-1979).

Dr. Bardeen-Henschel was the daughter of Charles Russell Bardeen, first dean of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Medical School, and Ruth Hames. She was the sister of John Bardeen, winner of two Nobel prizes in physics. Dr. Bardeen-Henschel received her M.D. from UW-Madison in 1945 and did her residency in anesthesiology in 1950. She received a fellowship from the American Association of University Women to work and study abroad, worked as an instructor for the World Health Organization in Denmark, received her diplomate in anesthesiology from the Royal College of Surgeons (England) in anaesthetics in 1951 and later completed her fellowship in 1954. She received her certificate in anesthesiology from the Royal College of Surgeons (Canada) in 1995 and served as staff instructor in anesthesiology at the University of Saskatchewan from 1955 to 1960. Dr. Bardeen-Henschel then began private practice in Milwaukee. In 1965, she was appointed assistant professor at the Marquette University School of Medicine, then associate professor in anesthesiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. She was a member of Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.

From 1978 until her retirement in 1987, Dr. Bardeen-Henschel served as associate clinical professor in anesthesiology at the Medical College. In her capacity as an anesthesiologist, she served on the staff of numerous hospitals in the United States and abroad. Her last staff appointment was at Oconomowoc Memorial Hospital, where she worked from 1966 to her retirement in 1987.

Among her many passions and avocations were education, birding, ecology, travel and the arts. Her philanthropic generosity has supported myriad causes, from individual to global.

The family will receive family and friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28, at Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 121 S. Cross St., Oconomowoc. A memorial service and celebration of Dr. Ann Bardeen-Henschelís life will be held May 9, the Saturday before Motherís Day, at a location to be determined.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Ann Bardeen-Henschel Memorial Fund at Retzer Nature Center, S14-W28167 Madison St., Waukesha, WI 53188.

The family would like to express heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to all the wonderful friends and caregivers who enriched her life and brought comfort in her waning years.

Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4459 or visit online at www.schmidtandbartelt.com.