Eileen M. Macke

Eileen M. Macke, 82, Madison, died on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2005.

She was born on April 4, 1923, in Portage, the daughter of Irish immigrants, Michael and Julia Taylor Cori-don.

She was a 1941 graduate of Portage High School and worked as a secretary before her marriage to Paul Macke in 1947.

Eileen was active in Portage community and civic organizations, serving on the American Cancer Society board for 20 years and as president of the Catholic Womenís Club for two terms.

Her children called her the "Johnny Carson of the Catholic Womenís Club." She had a humorous story for every situation and never forgot a joke, even those told to her as a child by her Irish father and relatives.

Eileen was a longtime member of St. Mary Catholic Church, Portage, and was a current member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Monona.

Survivors include five children, Timothy (Debra) Macke of Mendota Heights, Minn.; Rosemary (Thomas) LaBounty of Madison, Joanne (David) Merten of West Bend, Jane (Timothy) Mitchell of McFarland and Kevin (Debora) Macke of Stoughton; nine grandchildren, Aaron (Sarah) Macke of Mendota Heights, Traci Macke of Eagan, Minn., Jennifer Merten of Milwaukee, Molly and Kelly Merten of West Bend, Katie and Michael Macke of Stoughton and Mary and John Mitchell of McFarland; and a great-grandson, Dylan Macke, of Mendota Heights.

She is further survived by sisters-in-law, Dorothy Coridon of Portage, Alice Macke of Eden Prairie, Minn. and Marguerite (Lewis) Hendrichs of Rockwell City, Iowa; brothers-in-law, Rev. Richard Macke of Lake City, Iowa and Wade (Elsy) Hauser of Mission, Texas, as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.

Preceding her in death were her husband, Paul, in 1998; her brothers, John and Thomas Coridon and her sisters, Mary Wendlick and Lucille Coridon, all of Portage.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon on Saturday, Oct. 8, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 5101 Schofield St., Monona.

Rev. John Meinholz will be the celebrant, and burial will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetrey.

Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 10 a.m. until noon.

If desired, memorials may be made to Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, Habitat for Humanity or St. Vincent de Paul Society.

The Gunderson East Funeral and Cremation Centers, 5203 Monona Dr., Madison, is assisting the family.

Mom, may the road rise to meet you, may the wind be always at your back; may the sun shine warm upon your face, the rains fall soft upon your fields, and, until we meet again, may God hold you in the palm of his hand.