Lois T. Hippenmeyer

Feb. 27, 1922 March 10, 2011

Lois T. Hippenmeyer, longtime Waukesha resident, died Thursday, March 10, 2011, at her home at the age of 89. She was born Feb. 27, 1922, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Carl and Anna (nee Keller) Thalman.

Lois married Charles M. Heyer on June 28, 1941. On Jan. 2 1965, she married Richard S Hippenmeyer. Lois was very involved with Carroll College, where she attended school. For many years, she was the vice president and the interior designer at Tingle and Associates in Waukesha until her retirement in 1979. She was the second woman to be elected as an alderman for the City of Waukesha since 1922, when the first woman was elected. Lois was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Waukesha. She served as president of the Spring City Garden Club. Her love of flowers was evident in her many plantings and the landscaping at her Eagle River home, including the building of a very large picket fence around the front of her property. She also designed and was active in the construction of her kitchen addition. This special place became the center of many family gatherings and parties for Eagle River neighbors referred to as her Peninsula Parties. She will always be remembered for her zest for life, love of travel, meeting new people and helping others.

She will be missed greatly by her daughter, Stevie (Dick) Martin of Merrill; her son, Chip (Theresa) Heyer of Waukesha; her grandchildren, Robin (Chad) Voelker, Randee (John) Blanchard, Jessica Heyer, Jennifer Heyer, Charlie Heyer and Erika Heyer; and her greatgrandchildren, Ryan, Maddie and Lilly. She is further survived by her brother, Robert Thalman of San Francisco, along with nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Charles M. Heyer, in 1962; her second husband, Richard S. Hippenmeyer, in 1979; and two sisters, Alice Purdy and Marge Brugman.

Lois requested that at the time of her death, a party be held because funerals were not her thing. Therefore, a celebration of life reception will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at Golden Gate Restaurant, 1427 E. Racine Ave., Waukesha.

If desired, memorials are appreciated to the Food Pantry of Waukesha County, 1301 Sentry Drive, Waukesha, WI 53186; or GRROW (Golden Retriever Rescue of Wisconsin), P.O. BOX 84, Watertown, WI 53094.

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 or story.