Mary Eleanor Bishop

Mary Eleanor Bishop (nee Dunham) returned to her maker Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012, at the age of 88.

She was a graduate of Wauwatosa East High School. She swam and dove for the Milwaukee Athletic Club. Mary worked at Briggs and Stratton during the war. She married William Bishop Sr., and with the help of their two sons, Robert (Sharon) of Jefferson and William Jr. of Mukwonago, operated several farms for 42 years.

Mary bowled in East Troy, Mukwonago and Fracaros Classic League. She was active in 4H, was charter member of the Rural Stars, sang in the choir and was a member of North Prairie United Methodist Church. She cooked at Alioto’s and West Moreland. She was employed at McCoy’s and later Hill’s Department Store. She donated several gallons of blood. She was most pleased with the fact that she was responsible for getting the learning disability program established in the Mukwonago school system.

Mary loved to cook and spent many hours cooking and sharing it with her family at Oak Hill Village, where she spent many happy days, weeks and years with her new family and friends.

In addition to sons Robert and William Jr., she is also survived by another son, Ross (Marcella) Bishop of Jackson, and a daughter, Bonnie Bishop of Waukesha; her grandchildren, Brenda, Penny, James, Shelly, Michael, Sherry and Chad; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Gertrude (nee Eckmann) Dunham; her brother, staff Sgt. Robert Dunham of the U.S. Marine Corps; and her half sister, Dorothy Thomson.

Per Mary’s wishes, no formal services will be held.

If desired, memorial contributions may be made to the North Prairie United Methodist Church, 107 N. Main St., North Prairie, WI 53153.

Special thank you to the entire staff at Seasons Hospice in Waukesha for the wonderful care given to Mary.

Schramka-Herrick Funeral Home of Menomonee Falls, 251-0330, is serving the family.