Mardene Luck (nee Counsell)


May 28, 1931 - Dec. 2, 2012


Mardene Luck (nee Counsell) passed away Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012, at AngelsGrace Hospice after a short illness. She was born May 28, 1931, at home in Mapleton to A. Earl and Louise Tuskey Counsell.


She attended Oconomowoc schools and was a 1949 Oconomowoc High School graduate. She was involved with planning many class reunions. She married Jack Dean Luck on April 29, 1951, and they resided in the Oconomowoc area their entire lives, raising their four children - Dwight, Doreen, Dennis and Diane - the “4 Ds.” She was employed at the Oconomowoc Enterprise and Bonded Spirits before being a stay-at-home mom, being a “room” mom to many classrooms for her children. She also was a den mother and Brownie leader. She was the co-owner of the Infants and Children’s Shop in Oconomowoc from 1976 to 1981. She was a member of Dr. Martin Luther Church, where she taught Sunday school and was involved in the quilting group. She also knitted many prayer shawls and baptismal blankets for church members and also hundreds of mittens for area children. Her hand-knit sweaters were cherished by many. She had been a volunteer for the Oconomowoc Food Pantry and Silver Streak Taxi. She was a great and loyal friend - enjoying 60-plus years of friendship with her “gray haired ladies” and reconnecting with her “49rs” for lunch. She was one to do everything for everyone, but not wanting anyone to do anything for her. A true, kind soul - one of a kind!


Those who will miss her dearly are: her children, Dwight (Lynne) Luck of White Lake, Mich., and their children, Connor and Courtney; Doreen (Tim) Salter of North Prairie; Dennis “Mel” Luck of Reeseville; and Diane (Rich) Zurowski of West Bend, and their children, Sarah and Matt. She will also be missed by her brother, Curtis “Nic” (Pat) Counsell; sister-in-law, Charlotte Counsell; and many nieces, nephews and friends, including her “extended family,” the Andersons.


She was predeceased by her husband, Dean; her brother, Vernon; brother-in-law, Don and his wife, Harriet Luck; niece, Kathy Counsell; nephews, Don “Fritz” Luck, Charles Counsell and Glenn Counsell; great-nephew, Cedric Evans; and her “special sister,” Arlyne Anderson.


Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the noon funeral service Saturday, Dec. 8, at Dr. Martin Luther Lutheran Church, with burial to follow at Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia.


Memorials to Dr. Martin Luther Church Quilters, the Oconomowoc Food Pantry or Angels Grace Hospice are appreciated.


Special thanks to the ICU staff at Oconomwoc Memorial Hospital and to the nurses at AngelsGrace for the care of our mom ... you took care of her ... as well as us.


Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.