Mary Elizabeth ‘Polly’ Hegler Welch Cramer
Nov. 6, 1919 — May 3, 2017

Mary Elizabeth “Polly” Hegler Welch Cramer passed away peacefully in the presence of her family on May 3, 2017.

Polly was born on November 6, 1919, to Helen Nash and Melville Hegler, and grew up in Chicago with her sister, Sybil (Pete) Giordano.

She went to Beloit College, where she met Arthur Welch Jr., whom she married in 1942. They had seven children. Polly was a homemaker until Arthur’s death in 1961, after which she became an English teacher at Muskego High School, followed by a brief stint as a librarian at Oconomowoc High School.

In 1970, she married Clayton Cramer, who died in 1993.

She is survived by her children, Polly (Andy) Andrews, Patty (Ed Fisher) Welch, Pamela Meyer, Arthur Welch, Jon (Martha Russell) Welch, Kitty (Bill Camplin) Welch and Tim (Jen Tyler) Welch; grandchildren, Patrick Welch, Ezra Meyer, Sydney Meyer Shimko, Delphine Welch Lee, Kai Welch, Windsor Meyer, Sage Welch,

Satchel Welch, Sarah Welch, Savannah Welch Camplin, Noah Welch and Adri Tyler-Hall; as well as eight great-grandchildren.

In Polly’s words, “I have been grateful to all of them (those she has loved) as I have been grateful to all who have allowed me to love them and who have given me their love. Life is short and never can we give enough time for showing our love, compassion, forgiveness and tolerance and life affirming laughter. LIFE is beautiful and Death. Is.”

Polly was truly beloved by all who met her.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Friends of the Mukwonago River or Caring Bridge as a tribute in the name of Polly Cramer.