Eleanor Burtch Cooley Alberts

Jan. 2, 1918 - May 17, 2011

Eleanor Burtch Cooley Alberts, 93, a longtime resident of Waukesha and Scottsdale, Ariz., died peacefully at her home at Kirkland Crossings on May 17, 2011.

Born in Milwaukee, Eleanor was the daughter of Ellen B. Burtch and Burdick V. Burtch. She graduated from Waukesha High School and attended Carroll College. In 1941, she married Kenneth "Spud" Cooley, a longtime insurance representative.

Eleanor worked as a bookkeeper for Zillmer’s Office Supplies in Waukesha until becoming a mother and homemaker. Following her husband’s death in 1973, Eleanor spent winters in Scottsdale, where she became reacquainted with Waukesha native Warren E. Alberts. They married in 1978 and resided in Hindsdale, Ill., and Scottsdale until his death in 2000.

A Brownie and Cub Scout leader while her children were young, Eleanor was active in the Waukesha Service Club for many years and was especially involved with its thrift shop. She enjoyed playing golf at Merrill Hills Country Club in Waukesha and Hinsdale Golf Club. She competed in the clubs’ women’s golf events, and was a formidable chipper and putter. Eleanor also played bridge in several Waukesha and Hinsdale bridge clubs. She was an avid reader of history and historical fiction and was a consummate student of the English language and grammar. She was an enthusiastic competitor in word and trivia games and also enjoyed music and dancing. During her retirement years, she traveled extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada and to many international destinations.

She was the dear mother of Barbara E. Cooley Rudd (Eric) of North Adams, Ma., and John B. Cooley (Judy) of Oconomowoc; beloved grandmother of Thaddeus and Nikolai Rudd, Brett, Chad and Kimberly Cooley; and two great-grandchildren. She is also survived by Warren’s daughter, Kris McMillan (Dr. James) of Paradise Valley, Ariz., and their daughters, Tammy Wheeler and Shannon Mehrens, and daughter Lisa Mattusch (Tom) of El Granada, Ca.

She was preceded in death by her sister, Dorothy B. Harlin of Coronado, Calif., and recently by her brother, Burdick V. Burtch (Helen) of St. L.

A private memorial service will be held at Kirkland Crossings on June 13.

Memorial contributions to Kirkland Crossings, 700 Quinlan Drive, Pewaukee, WI 53072, would be appreciated.

Schmidt & Bartelt Notbohm-Kreutzmann Funeral and Cremation Services is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4459 or visit online at