Edith Mary Garity (nee Williams)
Nov. 12, 1927 – March 23, 2010
Edith Mary Garity (nee Williams) was born Nov. 12, 1927, in Oconomowoc,
the daughter of Ernest and Clara Williams. She died Tuesday, March 23,
She was preceded in death by the love of her life John Garity
("Jack"), whom she met outside of a five-anddime store in
Oconomowoc while she was still in high school.
She had four children, Linda, Pat, Mike and Rob, all of whom were at her
side when she passed away. She has a son-in-law, Charlie Hallingstad
(Pat), as well as a soon to be daughter-in-law, Shelley Olsher (Mike). She
is also survived by 10 grandchildren and three greatgrandchildren.
Edith was in a very bad car accident in 1985 that left her mildly
handicapped and dependent on others for much of her care. Until his death
in 2008, her husband provided that care at a level that marveled all who
witnessed it. For those that knew them best, we truly believe the bond
these two shared was the main reason Edith lived as long as she did, but
her own will to survive was important also. From the time of her accident
until she passed away, Edith spent numerous days in the hospital, many of
which found her very ill. On all but the last visit, she fooled the
doctors each and every time by rallying from some very serious sicknesses
and eventually making the trip back to her home in Genesee Depot. After
Jack’s death in June of 2008, Edith spent her days living quietly in her
home, watching TV, doing crossword puzzles and enjoying the company of her
cat, Chance. Edith didn’t think she was very tough, perhaps because she
was just doing what she knew and pulled through her many bouts of illness
so she could be with her family, which she loved more than anything, but
anyone who knew her realized she was one of the toughest people one could
ever know. Edith also had a great sense of humor and was known to joke
with her nurses and doctors, even when she was barely able to speak due to
A private service was held at Church and Chapel on Monday, March 29, and
was followed with entombment at Prairie Home Cemetery next to her beloved
The family would like to thank Dr. William Lutz for the many years of
excellent care he gave her and John. We would also like to thank the staff
at Waukesha Memorial Hospital for the compassion and dedication given to
Edith loved animals, and donations can be made in her name to the Waukesha
Humane Animal Welfare Society.
Church and Chapel Ritter-Larsen Bros. Funeral Home is serving the family.
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