Marilyn E. Traver

Jan. 28, 1935 – June 5, 2012

Marilyn E. Traver of West Allis died Tuesday, June 5, 2012, at Seasons Hospice surrounded by her family at the age of 77. Marilyn was born Jan. 28, 1935, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Leo and N. Emelia Heaney. She was a devoted member of Jackson Park Lutheran Church for 50 years. Marilyn served on its Anniversary Committee, was active in the Couples Club and the bowling league. She was the chair of the prayer chain, a former confirmation teacher, she established the card ministry and helped establish the Helping Hand Fund. Marilyn also became involved in the Women of Faith Bible Study Group at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church. She was a 14-year survivor of leukemia and had survived with breast cancer since 1988. Marilyn had a warm heart for people and she would visit shut-ins, send cards to cheer anyone that needed words of encouragement and never forgot the value of attending a funeral to offer support to a family. She loved the theater, musicals and old movies. Marilyn enjoyed watching car racing and actively worked the Channel 10 auction with her husband for many years. She was also a member of MADD. Marilyn was a member of the Image Reborn Breast Cancer Survivor Group for 20 years.

Marilyn will be deeply missed by her daughter, Laurie (Mark) Rohrwasser of Waukesha; her beloved grandson, Shane of Clackamas of Oregon; her sister, Karen (Dale) Race of Minocqua; her brother, Ronald (Jane) Heaney of Sussex; sister-in-law, Dory Heaney of Wauwatosa; many nieces and nephews, including her godson, Brian Race; and other relatives and friends. She is further survived by her friends from Image Reborn, Jackson Park Lutheran Church and St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

Marilyn was preceded in death by her husband, Harlan; parents, Leo and Emelia Heaney; brother, Phil; and best friend, Marilyn Johnson.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, June 11, at the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. A second visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the 10:30 a.m. service Tuesday, June 12, at Jackson Park Lutheran Church, 4535 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee. The Rev. Fred Thomas-Breitfeld and the Rev. Laura Gerstl will officiate.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the family. Burial will be at Pinelawn Cemetery, Milwaukee.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For an online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneral-Home.com, or call 542-6609.