Sylvia Nelson Moldenhauer
April 28, 1938 Ė Feb. 23, 2010
Sylvia Nelson Moldenhauer of Waukesha passed away Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010,
at AngelsGrace Hospice in Oconomowoc at the age of 71. She was the proud
adopted daughter of Mary H. and Charles E. Nelson Jr., born on April 28,
As a young girl, Sylvia won a contest and earned the honor of naming the
Girl Scout council; she chose the Great Blue Heron Girl Scout Council. She
was a 1956 graduate of Waukesha High School and attended Lindenwood
College in St. Charles, Mo., and Carroll University. Sylvia later married
the love of her life, William J. Moldenhauer. He preceded her in death
Nov. 27, 1992.
She faithfully gave of her time and talent to the Waukesha community,
serving on the board of directors of the YWCA for 15 years and the Mental
Health Association. She was also a 25-year member of the Ideal Club,
following in her motherís and grandmotherís footsteps. She had a love
for travel, reading, gardening, decorating and a zest for life that will
not be forgotten by those close to her. Her most cherished times were
those spent with her family and friends and at her lake homes.
She will be sadly missed by her three children, Mary M. Moldenhauer of New
Berlin, Mark A. Moldenhauer of Dousman, Elizabeth M. (Scott) Swanson of
Madison; and her very special grandson, Nathaniel William Lee Moldenhauer.
She is further survived by her sister-in-law, Patricia M. Scanlon of
Menomonee Falls; her niece, Katie (Greg) Heimerl of Rochester, Minn.;
nephew, John (Jennifer) Scanlon of Sturgeon Bay; great-nieces and
great-nephews, Joey, Lizzie, Charlie and Erin; and a cousin, Phyllis Nacey
She was preceded in death by her parents; her in-laws, Avita K. and
William R. Moldenhauer; her brotherin-law, Dr. John A. Scanlon; her
brother, Spencer; and her beloved grandmother, Nana.
Visitation will be held from 10:30 a.m. until the 11:30 a.m. memorial
service Thursday, March 4, at Delafield Presbyterian Church, 1851 N.
Genesee St., Delafield. Please wear a touch of red. A private family
interment will be held at Prairie Home Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Sylvia Nelson Moldenhauer
Fund for Mental Health at Waukesha County Community Foundation, 2727 N.
Grandview Blvd., Waukesha, WI 53188.
A heartfelt thanks to the staff at AngelsGrace Hospice, Dr. Christopher B.
Davies, Dr. Gilberto Rodrigues and the staff at Oncology Alliance, the 2
North staff at Waukesha Memorial Hospital, lifelong friends Carol and Jack
Mitchell and caregiver Karen Meade.
For further information, please call Randle-Dable Funeral, Cremation and
Preplanning Services at 547-4035 or go to www.waukeshafunerals.com to
leave an online tribute.