Elizabeth L. Brenckle

June 22, 1911 - Dec. 9, 2009

Elizabeth L. Brenckle of Waukesha died Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2009, at LindenGrove at the age of 98. She was born in Milwaukee on June 22, 1911, the daughter of Ira S. and Louise E. (nee Walker) Lorenz.

Elizabeth grew up in Milwaukee and graduated with a bachelor of arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On June 12, 1937, she married William S. Brenckle; he preceded her in death Aug. 19, 1979. She had a love and appreciation for her sorority, Chi Omega (NU Chapter) and (Theta Delta Chapter), at Carroll University and the Girl Scouts. She spent every summer of her life at her cottage on Elmwood Island in Fox Lake. The well-being of the environment, living plants and all of nature was always a concern for her. Since she moved to Waukesha nearly 50 years ago, she was an active member of the Spring City Garden Club. Through the club, she worked with children and adults teaching and sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm for gardening and community beautification with natural surroundings. Her message was always the same: If you are informed and respect nature, your rewards will be many. Her many gifts as a wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, friend and citizen will always be remembered. Through her life, Elizabeth touched many lives and she will be dearly missed. May her gracious example remain with us all.

Elizabeth was the dear mother of Robert L. (Petrea) Brenckle of Waukesha, Helen B. (James) Curley of New Berlin and Geraldine B. (Andrew) Bergeson of Hubertus; the adored grandmother of William B. (Kathleen) Brenckle of Waukesha, Elizabeth C. (Brett) Engelking of Mukwonago, Jonathan L. Brenckle of Fox Lake, Mary L. (Theresa) Bergeson of Milwaukee, Steven J. Curley of Twin Lakes, Robert A. (Elizabeth) Bergeson of Hubertus, Carolyn J. Curley of Milwaukee and the late Molly R. Bergeson; and the loving great-grandmother of Emily E. Engelking, Logan J. Engelking, Madison B. Curley, Benjamin N. Brenckle, Jacob W. Engelking and Ty Bergeson-Gallun. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, William S. Brenckle; and her brother, Robert H. (Rita) Lorenz.

The family of Elizabeth Brenckle would like to thank the caregivers of Oak Hill Terrace and LindenGrove for their compassionate love and care given to Elizabeth during the past nine months. Your support to us is greatly appreciated.

Visitation will be held from 5 p.m. until the 7 p.m. funeral service Friday, Dec. 18, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Burial will be held at noon Saturday, Dec. 19, at Riverside Memorial Park in Fox Lake.

Memorials would be appreciated to the Fox Lake Public Library, the Waukesha Spring City Garden Club or the National Crane Foundation.

For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com for directions or to leave an online tribute.