Gladys Helen Lewis

Middleton / Waunakee: Gladys Helen Lewis, age 92, died on June 24, 2013 at Waunakee Manor. She was born in Madison on August 5, 1920, the daughter of Olaf and Sena (Langeteig) Harney. She graduated from Central High School in 1938 and embarked on a secretarial career that with periodic vocational education would span nearly fifty years. She worked for various employers including Oscar Mayer, Madison Public Schools, University of Wisconsin-Madison Residence Halls, University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire, Frautschi Furniture, the UW-Extension International Cooperative Training Center and the Wisconsin Geological and National History Survey.

In July, 1940 she married her love, Hugh Lewis. When Hugh Entered military service in 1942 she accompanied him while he underwent training at various army airfields in the Southern US prior to his departure for overseas in December 1943. During Hugh's absence, she had her first son, Steven in February 1944, and raised him alone until Hugh's return in July 1945. A second son, Robert followed in 1948.

Glad was a loving wife and mother who foremost was devoted to her husband and children. She was an excellent cook, home decorator, hostess, seamstress, and knitter whose abilities in these areas greatly added to her family's joie de vivre. She was an avid bridge player with her circle of friends and enjoyed travel. While physically active she enjoyed time spent with her husband playing tennis and golf; the latter sport was her passion which she continued to enjoy on television after she could no longer play. The last two decades of her life were largely spent caring for her husband, ill with cancer, prior to his death in 2010. Hugh and Glad were married for 69 years. After Hugh died she enjoyed a brief respite until her own health deteriorated.

Glad is survived by her two sons, Steven and his wife Ellen (Madison), and Robert and his wife Margy (Middleton); by grandchildren Amy (Lewis) Levy, (Eden Prairie, Minnesota) and Andrew Lewis (Madison) as well as nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Hugh, her brother Olaf (California) and sister Inez (Texas).

The family would like to express their appreciation to the nurses, CNAs, and administrative staff at Waunakee Manor Health Center for their skilled, diligent, and kind care during Glad's stay there.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no services. Memorials may be given to Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy, Inc. P.O. Box 628242 Middleton, WI 53562-8242 or the UW American Family Children's Hospital, 1675 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53706. Please share your memories at

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