Doris Mary (Marking) Stellmacher, age 83 of Madison died suddenly on October 30, 2012 peacefully surrounded by her loving family.
Doris was born Sept. 14, 1929 in Madison, the daughter of Joseph & Rose (Nonn) Marking. She attended Blessed Sacrament School & graduated from West High in 1947. She married Duane Stellmacher, her best friend and the love of her life, on April 14, 1951 at Blessed Sacrament Church, & together they shared 43 wonderful years of marriage. The special joy of Doris and Duane's life was the arrival of their daughters Mary, Linda & Patti. Doris thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with her husband, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren celebrating birthdays and holidays.
She worked at Rural Insurance her entire professional career until retirement in 1992. Doris loved the challenge of a good scrabble game and loved her theater bus travels. She was a member of St. Maria Goretti for 42 years. She was blessed to be a 36 year survivor of breast cancer.
She is survived by her three daughters, Mary (Don) O'Connor of Waunakee, Linda (Dave) Knoche of Middleton and Patricia (Pat Bergen) Richardson of Verona, 7 grandchildren, Andrew and Kimberly O'Connor; Staci (Brian) Balousek, Brian (Carla) Knoche and Angela Knoche; Jack and Nick Richardson; 2 step-grandchildren, Katie and John Bergen; 4 great-grandchildren, Austin and Mason Balousek and Brayden and Grace Knoche, many nieces, nephews, cousins and close friends. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Duane in 1994 and her brother, Jim Marking.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11a.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 5313 Flad Avenue, Madison, with Father Chad presiding. Burial will follow at Forrest Hill Cemetery, Madison. Visitation will be Saturday morning from 9am until Mass begins.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, Waunakee Relay for Life, Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM), Theater Bus Madison or St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church.
Following Doris' tradition, please do an act of kindness for someone each week, and when you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours. Mom was a friendly, outgoing, generous person who embraced life to its fullest, sharing the joys of life with her family and friends.