Mary Ellen Biwer

July 4, 1936 - April 6, 2011

Mary Ellen Biwer was born in St. Paul, Minn., on July 4, 1936, and died Wednesday, April 6, 2011.

She spent her childhood in Waukesha, where she attended St. Joseph’s grade school even though she told her mother that she really shouldn’t be going off to school because she was "too valuable around here." Her high school days were at Holy Angels Academy (now D.S.H.A.) in Milwaukee and she achieved an elementary education degree in 1958 from Mount Mary College, Milwaukee. Mary Ellen started her teaching career in Green Bay, but then moved to California and later on to Arizona. After those adventures, she returned to Waukesha, where she completed 30 years of teaching in the Waukesha school system.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Helen and Hieron Biwer; brothers, Daniel and Robert Biwer; sister, Claire Biwer Choutka; and sister-in-law, Charlotte Augur Biwer.

Surviving are her sisters, Roseann (David) Tolan and Betsy (David) Miller; brother, John (Lynn) Biwer; brother-in-law, Ralph (Linda) Choutka; sister-in-law, Dorothy Hebard Biwer; and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

The generosity and love Mary Ellen showed to her family members and students over the years truly made her very "valuable around here."

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, at Randle-Dable Funeral Home, 1110 S. Grand Ave., Waukesha. Services continue on Thursday with visitation from 10 a.m. until the 10:30 funeral Mass at St. William Catholic Church, 440 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, WI 53188. The Rev. Curt Frederick will preside. Burial will immediately follow at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Waukesha. Memorials may be made to St. William Catholic Church or Mount Mary College.

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.