Jean Hedtcke of Waukesha passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009 at her home, surrounded by family, at the age of 79 years. Jean was married to Leonard Hedtcke on Aug. 3, 1963, and the two raised a son and daughter. Jean and her husband were members of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church for over 50 years, and she had also been a longtime church coordinator and member of the Women’s Guild. She truly enjoyed the outdoors, especially flowers, feeding and nurturing her birds.
She fondly remembered her early years of being raised on a farm in Eagle and was a lover of horses. Jean was a square dancer with her husband and was a proud cancer survivor for 24 years. Through her illness, she fought valiantly with a cheerful heart and love and appreciation for those around her. Jean had also become an active member and advocate of the support group Encore. She will be sadly missed.
The family also wishes to thank Kathy Labinski, Dr. LeMarbre and the staff of the oncology department at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, as well as the caregivers of ProHealth Care.
Jean is survived by her loving husband, Leonard, of over 46 years; her daughter, Connie (James) Hanek of Waukesha; and her son, Steve Hedtcke of Waukesha. She will also be remembered by her grandchildren: Carol Jean and Jamie Danielle Hanek, Kelly (Scott) Olson, and Christopher and Morgan Hanek.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Walter and Frieda (Wohlleben) Mueller.
The visitation will be held from 11 a.m. until the 1 p.m. funeral service on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2009 at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1052 Whiterock Ave. in Waukesha. Officiating will be Pastor Glen Shaumberg. A private interment service will be in Prairie Home Cemetery in Waukesha.
Memorials are appreciated to Encore c/o Kathy Labinski, S46-W34030 Billings Ct., Dousman, WI 53118 or to a charity of one’s choice.
Cesarz, Charapata and Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning services is handling arrangements. For more information or driving directions, please visit www.waukeshasfuneralhome.com or call the funeral home at 542-6609.