Kathryn Eldredge, 82

Kathryn Eldredge – a true gift to many.

She loved kids. That’s why Kathy decided early on that teaching was her calling. It’s also why she later decided to put her teaching career on hold to take care of two kids and their father.

After graduating from Wisconsin State College, Whitewater in 1952, Kathy’s teaching career took her to all corners of the state. She started in Beloit and soon after moved to Green Bay before settling in the Milwaukee area. She taught first grade for nearly 20 years in the Whitefish Bay school district, primarily at Lydell School. She was recognized regularly by her students, parents and colleagues as one of the finest teachers in the district. In 1971, she put her teaching career on hold for a new, lifelong assignment with another group of kids.

When her sister, MaryJo, died in May of 1971, Kathy stepped into the role of her life. She took over as caregiver to her sister’s two small boys – Tripp and John – to help her brother-in-law, Ed. The boys were comforted as their beloved single aunt would be there for them every day. Eventually, the power of love pulled Kathy and Ed together and they married. Kathy and her new family moved to Cedarburg in 1973 to start their new life.

Soon after the boys were settled in school, Kathy joined the Cedarburg School District as a substitute, eventually becoming a special education teacher. She served the community in special ed for 10 years before retiring in 1988.

Her distinguished career was recognized by the state of Wisconsin in May of 1988 with the “Recognition of Service Award,” presented by the state of Wisconsin Superintendent Herbert J. Grover “in recognition of 32 years of service to the educational well-being of our young people. These contributions are acknowledged with expression of grateful appreciation.”

In retirement, Kathy had a full schedule of volunteering, bridge- playing, and travel to see her family and grandkids. Her volunteer roles included weekly work at Lasata Care Center, polling place volunteer for the town of Cedarburg and as a religious education teacher at St. Francis Borgia.

Kathy loved bridge and competed regularly in several bridge clubs with her sister, Alyce Geske. Kathy kept her winnings in the famous blue purse she carried when she competed.

Most of all, Kathy loved to visit with her family. She and Ed enjoyed traveling to Cincinnati to see Tripp and his wife, Margaret, and grandkids, Ben, Linden and Connor. Kathy also loved to visit Madison often to see John, his wife, Kristin, and grandkids, Noa and Maika.

Her family and friends will miss her greatly. Her life was a blessing and gift to many.

Kathy (nee King) of Cedarburg, died on Nov. 17, 2010, age 82. She is the beloved wife of Edmund. She was the sister of Jane (Douglas) Sullivan and Alyce (the late Richard) Geske; and sister-in-law of Joan King and Leroy Weninger. Kathy is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

She was preceded in death by Helen (Jerome) Pelischek, George King, MaryJo Eldredge and Carol Weninger.

There will be a Mass of Christian burial Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2010, at
11 a.m. at St. Francis Borgia North Catholic Church, 1375 Covered Bridge Road, Cedarburg. Interment will be at Resurrection Cemetery.
Visitation will be Wednesday at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.

As a memorial to Kathy, a scholarship fund has been set up in recognition of her love for kids and teaching. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Kathryn Eldredge Scholarship Fund at any US Bank location in Wisconsin, Ohio, or any of the 24 states US Bank serves.

Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory of Cedarburg is assisting the family. For online condolences, please go to www.muellerfuneralhome.com.