Alpha Mae Brady

Alpha Mae Brady

Alpha M. Brady, age 95, died on April 26, 2017, at St. Mary’s Hospital, supported by her loving family.

She was born in Blackwell, Wisconsin, the daughter of Joseph and Mae (Owens) Bytell. She graduated from Laona High School and attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for 2 ½ years, where she met her husband, John. When World War II began, she entered the U.S. Army Nurse Cadet Corps Program at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee, WI, where she received her nurses training. Following the war she worked at the hospital in Port Washington and in Laona, WI. She married John F. Brady of Fond du Lac on August 21, 1948 at St. Leonard’s Church in Laona. They moved to Madison where John was a senior at the University of Wisconsin. She worked at a local doctor’s office and later at American Family Insurance Group. Alpha then devoted her life to her family which was so important to her. She was a member of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, serving on the Queens Guild Board of Directors as telephone chairman and also serving funeral luncheons and hospitality weekends and was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. She was very interested in the field of the developmentally disabled, assisting with Special Olympic events, serving on the fund raising committee for St. Coletta’s in Jefferson, WI, and for Orchard Hill, (RFDF) Madison. She was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Hospital Auxiliary and an active volunteer with the St. Mary’s Adult Day Care Center. She enjoyed knitting, sewing, bowling, golfing and cross country skiing. She was a goodwill ambassador accompanying her husband to credit union meetings in many countries of the world. She had a wonderful sense of humor, a great outlook on life and a deep love for her family.

She is survived by her loving husband of 68 years, John; two daughters, Mary Ann Mutschler (Craig) Fink of Platteville, and Beth of Madison; four grandchildren, Shanna and Sava (Staci) Hesthaven, Joe Mutschler and Jennifer (Karl) Williams; several nieces and nephews; one brother, Earl (Pat) Bytell of Wausau. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Kathleen Hesthaven of Colorado Springs, CO, her parents, sister, Louise (David) Morton, of Oshkosh and her brother, Jesse of Laona.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 11:00 at Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church, 401 S. Owen Drive, with Fr. Bill Nolan officiating. Visitation will be in the gathering area of the church from 10:00 until the time of the Mass. Entombment will be at Resurrection Cemetery.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Our Lady Queen of Peace Endowment Fund or St. Mary’s Adult Day Care Center.

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