Mabel Bertolotti Friend

Aug. 29, 1921 - Nov. 8, 2011

Mabel Bertolotti Friend of the Town of Erin passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011, at the age of 90.

Mabel took pride in her role as a surgical nurse in Seattle, where she met and married Ned Friend, who was stationed there during World War II. The newlyweds returned to Milwaukee, where she was an active volunteer with the Junior League while raising her family. Many happy years were spent in the Holy Hill area with the deer and birds, her best friends!

She will be missed by her beloved husband of 65 years, Ned; her loving children, Stewart G. (Kathleen) of Holy Hill, Sharon (Joe) Hirtzer of Inverness, Ill., and Gwyn (Larry Bennett ) of Chicago; and her dear grandchildren, Cory Friend of Los Angeles and Alex Friend of San Francisco.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Herald Bertolotti, kindred Italian and fellow baker of grissini.

A gathering for family and friends will be held from 11 a.m. until the 12:30 p.m. memorial service Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Evert-Luko Funeral Home, 170 Warren Ave., Hartland. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center.

Evert-Luko Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 367-2156 or visit online at