Isabel ‘Izzy’ Elger

Nov. 1, 1919 - June 20, 2009

Isabel "Izzy" Elger of Waukesha and a longtime New Berlin resident died unexpectedly Saturday, June 20, 2009, at her home at Avalon Square at the age of 89.

She was born Nov. 1, 1919, in New Berlin, the daughter of Edward and Edith (nee Sake) Hause. Prior to getting married, Isabel worked at the RA Muehl Grocery in Waukesha. On Sept. 5, 1942, she married Kenneth Elger at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waukesha. He preceded her in death on May 3, 1999.

In 1962, Isabel started working for the New Berlin school lunch program, where for 20 years she worked at the New Berlin Center School and for six years at Prospect Hill School before retiring. Along with her husband, she enjoyed sports, attending many New Berlin high school basketball games and baseball games in Waukesha. She was a member of the Waukesha Senior Citizens and on the board for the New Berlin Historical Society. Isabel also was an active member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Waukesha.

She will be sadly missed by her daughter, Jean (Dr. David) Olysav of Sherman, Ill.; her grandson, Brian (Stephanie) Olysav of Sherman, Ill.; and great-grandchildren, Bradley Patrick, Maxwell Brian and Elyse Jean Olysav. Also surviving is a sister, Lola Ludwig of Wheaton, Ill., along with other relatives.

In addition to her husband, Kenneth, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Lester (Florence) Hause and Gilbert (Agnes) Hause, and her parents.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, June 28, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Visitation continues at 10 a.m. Monday, June 29, until the 11 a.m. funeral service at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 300 Carroll St., Waukesha, WI 53186. The Rev. Gary Liedtke will preside. Graveside services will immediately follow the service at Prairie Home Cemetery.

If desired, memorials are appreciated to the church (address above) or to the New Berlin Historical Society, 19760 W. National Ave., New Berlin, WI 53146.

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