Madison-Esther C. Beal, age 95, died peacefully at her home on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 surrounded by her loved ones. She joins her beloved husband Martin A. Beal in heaven on what would have been his 98th birthday. Esther was born on August 11th, 1917 in Athens, WI to the late Julius and Emily Habeck. Esther attended Trinity Lutheran School in Athens, completing the 8th grade. An excellent student, she loved learning, especially astronomy. She surrounded herself with books. On October 6th1938, Esther married Martin "Irish Micky" Beal. They had 54 wonderful years together. She and Martin insisted that their children avail themselves of an education. She was awarded her GED from the Madison Area Technical School at the age of 73. A woman ahead of her time, she exercised regularly and kept up on current events. A staunch democrat, she loved President John Kennedy and enjoyed Elvis Presley and the Milwaukee Braves. Esther worked in the cafeteria at the American Can Company in Wausau for 16 years. She also worked in the cafeteria for the Rennabaum's / Walgreen's drug store on the Capital Square for 8 years before retiring at age 65. Esther was the family anchor. We, her children, regard her lovingly, as "the best mother in the whole world."
She is survived by two sons: James (Michael Sherry) Beal and Richard Beal; three daughters: Karen (Michael) Moioffer, Diane Beal, and Deborah (Paul) Stapel; eight grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren. She is survived by one sister, Dorothy Habeck, age 93, of Athens, WI and one brother, Harvey Habeck, age 83, of Willingboro, NJ.
She was preceded in death by seven brothers and four sisters.
Funeral services will be held at 11 am on Monday, November 19, 2012 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 2126 Sherman Avenue, Madison, with Rev. Gerald Kuhnke officiating. Family and friends may call at the church from 9 am until the time of service. Burial will take place at the Roselawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Paul's Lutheran Church or Agrace Hospice of Fitchburg.
The family extends its thanks and appreciation to Midwest Home Care of Madison and its staff; to Terry Page of Mr. Duane's Beauty Salon; to the doctors, nurses and staff on 5 West of St. Mary's Hospital; and to the staff of Agrace Hospice. Their caring helped us and will never be forgotten.