Adela Elizabeth Baumhardt,
Dec. 9, 1930 ó Dec. 5, 2015
An independent spirit, with a passion for creativity and lifelong learning were hallmarks of Adelaís life. Adela Elizabeth Baumhardt was born in Ashford on Dec. 9, 1930, and passed away Dec. 5, 2015. Her parents were Michael Thelen and Flora (Bodden) Thelen. She attended St. Martinís Catholic School, Ashford, and Campbellsport High School, graduating valedictorian of her class. She married Ivan Baumhardt and they raised their family in Wisconsinís scenic Kettle Moraine.
Adela worked in the Purchasing Department at Gehl Co. (West Bend) and Barton Manufacturing (Campbellsport). She was later employed as an administrative assistant to the warden at Kettle Moraine Boys School, Kettle Moraine Correctional Institution and Oshkosh Correctional Institution until retirement. In 1987, she received the Virginia Hart award recognizing women in Wisconsin State Service.
Adela excelled in art, and her love of nature was reflected in her many paintings. She valued her membership in the Oshkosh Fine Arts Association and the Oshkosh Womenís Art Club.
Adela had a love of adventure, traveling to destinations in the United States and abroad. She was an avid reader, gardener, music lover and was well informed in current events. She was a biking, cross-country skiing and hiking enthusiast well into her 80s, and member of the Oshkosh YMCA and Four Seasons Club, Oshkosh.
She is survived by her brother, Anthony (Helen) Thelen, and sister-in-law, Joyce Thelen. She is also survived by her five children, Vicki (Tim) Ebben of Albuquerque, New Mexico, James Baumhardt of Chicago, Terry Seil of West Bend, Kathy Vess of Louisville, Colorado, and Jeanne (Scott) Page of Fond du Lac; grandchildren, Kelsey (Andy) Gross, Clair (Blake) Daley, Kacie Seil, Lindsey Seil, Cortney Vess, Zachary Page and Nicholas Page; and two great-grandchildren, Simon Gross and Theo Daley. Preceding her in death were her parents; brothers, Joseph and Norbert; sister, Agnes; brothers-in-law, John Burns and Edward Weiland; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Thelen; and sons-in-law, Dennis Seil and Bruce Vess.
In keeping with her wishes, Adelaís brain was donated to further progressive supranuclear palsy research. Cremation has taken place. Guestbook is available at Crist Mortuary of Boulder, Colorado. A celebration of life for friends and family will follow in Wisconsin in 2016 at a date to be determined. In Adelaís name, donations to the Nature Conservancy (www.nature.org.) or www.CurePSP.org. are appreciated.