Ethel Mae Abel (nee Stern)

Ethel Mae Abel nee SternEthel Mae Abel (nee Stern), age 81, of Ixonia, passed away peacefully at AngelsGrace Hospice after a short illness on Thursday, January 29, 2015.

Ethel is survived by her daughter Cheryl (Jim) Buske; grandchildren, Pastor James (Terry) Buske, Bradley Buske and Paul (Hannah) Buske; and great-grandchildren, Zoe, Micah, Ana, Judah, Natalie and Tyler.

Ethel is also survived by her brother Ralph (Rose) Stern; sisters-in-law Helen Stern and Doris Stern; and brothers- in-law James (Joanne) Abel and Lee Linse; along with other nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gordon A. Abel, of 40 years.

They were married August 2, 1952, at St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Sullivan.

She was also preceded by her parents, Clarence and Blanche Stern; brothers Lloyd Stern and Howard Stern; and sister-in-law Rhea Stern.

Gordon and Ethel were the owners and operators of Abelís Apple Orchard in Pewaukee. Ethel enjoyed gardening, canning, a skill that she passed on through the generations, and spending time with her family and friends.

Funeral services for Ethel were held at St. Paulís Lutheran Church, W1955 Gopher Hill Road, Ixonia, on Tuesday, February 3, with the service led by Pastor Kenneth Ewerdt. Burial followed the service in the chapel at Glenview Memorial Gardens in Ixonia.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ethelís name can be made to the St. Paulís Handicap Expansion or the Lighthouse Youth Ministries, 5641 N. 68th St., Milwaukee, WI 53218.

Pagenkopf Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 262-567-4457 or visit www.pagenkopf.com.