Leilani “Lani” M. Marquardt Wellman, age 78, passed away at her home on Fri. Mar. 17, 2017 after fiercely battling ovarian cancer. She fought just as she lived, with grace, determination and always shining the spotlight on others. She was born in Fond du Lac on Feb. 7, 1939 to the late Donal O. and Ruth C. (Clement) Mather. Lani graduated in 1957 from Goodrich High School in Fond du Lac. She lived at Elizabeth Waters Hall, attending the University of Wisconsin Madison. She graduated in 1961 and continued towards her Masters in Social Work.
In August, 1961, Lani married Carl R. Marquardt. They had many adventures including sports car road rallies, golfing, historical trips and living and boating on Lake Wisconsin. Carl passed away in June, 1999. Lani married Kenneth E. Wellman in September 2008. Together they enjoyed traveling, the symphony, road trips and a shared a love for the southwest, where they have a second home at the base of the Superstition Mountains in Gold Canyon, AZ.
Lani believed if you wanted your community to thrive, you needed to be involved. She volunteered for many organizations over the years including the Sauk Prairie Hospital Foundation and she helped form the Good Neighbor (free) Clinic. She was a creative person who painted watercolors, drew freehand and was an accomplished piano player. She studied piano for many years despite her “short fingers.” She was a lifelong golfer, and volunteered at many events at Lake Wisconsin Country Club during her 47 years of membership. Lani will be remembered for her generosity, her sense of style, and her love of entertaining.
Professionally, Lani began as a Social Worker helping single moms and taught at Sauk Prairie Schools for a brief time. She put her husband through law school and finally started as a Social Worker at Sauk Prairie Memorial Hospital. She worked her way to Assistant Hospital Administrator/COO, and was at the hospital for more than 25 years. During her time at the hospital, she led several capital campaigns and spearheaded two major additions. She retired early due to Carl’s cancer.
She is survived by her husband, Ken Wellman; her son, Kendall (Daphne) Marquardt and their 9 children and 2 great grandchildren; her daughter, Andrea (Jeff) Finck and their son; a brother, Terry (Barbara Fox) Mather.
Lani’s family would like to extend their sincerest appreciation to Dr. Huen, Dr. DeGiovanni, Madonna Robertson and the Home Health United Hospice Staff.
Memorials may be made in Lani’s name to St. Vincent DePaul of Prairie du Sac or a charity of choice.
Lani preferred laughter to tears in her memory and requested an informal open house to celebrate her life. Friends can stop in the River Room of Blue Spoon Cafe in Prairie du Sac on Saturday, March 25 from 4-7 p.m. A private interment will take place in the Sauk City Cemetery.