WAUNAKEE-Ethel A. Ballweg, age 102, died peacefully on Sunday, Oct. 2, 2016, at Sienna Crest in Waunakee.

She was born on July 22, 1914, to William and Josephine (Kalscheur) Maly in Ashton. She married Alfred M. Ballweg on Nov 7, 1940, and he preceded her in death on May 21, 1995. She farmed most of her life in Waunakee with her husband. With raising eight children, she was always busy making a loving home for her family. She was a member of St John's Catholic Church in Waunakee.

Ethel loved flowers and plants and for many years took care of the plants at her residence at Sienna Crest (formerly Creekwood). What wonderful loving memories we have of her always welcoming everyone with a smile. Fond memories of her busy baking bread, rolls and pies on Saturday. She recently was able to join in a celebration for her 8th grade graduation in 1928 from St. Peter's Catholic School in Ashton. Mom and Dad were founding members of the Westport Square Dancers with many years of dancing enjoyment.

Survivors include her three daughters; Jan Meinholz of Middleton, Nancy (Gary) Ripp of Waunakee, and Sue (Marty) Batz of Waunakee; five sons, Jim (Lucille) of Sun Prairie, Ken of Middleton, Gordy (Lea) of Huntley, IL, Ron (Michele) of Waunakee, and Jerry (Teresa Steele) of Black Earth; 23 grandchildren; 22 great-grandchildren; one brother, Norman (Lorraine) Maly, brother-in-law, Gene Schuster and one sister-in-law, Margaret Ballweg. She was preceded in death by her husband; two grandchildren, Doug and Gwen; one great grandchild, Samantha; six sisters, Julia (Ambrose) Meinholz, Ann (Werner) Kessenich, Josephine (Leo) Greiber, Rosina (Herbert) Ballweg, Viola (Jim) Kaltenberg, and Antionette Schuster; and three brothers, Herbert (Eleanor) Maly, Roman (Esther) Maly, and Walter (Evelyn) Maly.

Funeral service will be held on Sat. Oct. 8, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. at St John's Catholic Church, 209 South St Waunakee. Msgr James Gunn will officiate. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services. Burial will take place in the church cemetery

No words can express the family's appreciation to the staff (especially Robin & Faye) at Waunakee Sienna Crest for the 20 years of excellent care and friendship to our mother. Also thank you to Agrace Hospice for your compassionate assistance.

The family requests memorials donations be made in Ethel's name to St. John's Catholic Church or to Agrace HospiceCare at 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI 53711

Winn Cress Funeral Home Waunakee, WI