Audrey Ann Izzard

Audrey Ann Izzard

Audrey Ann Izzard, 78, of Platteville died on Tuesday, November 06, 2012 at Southwest Health Center Nursing Home, Cuba City.

Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, November 10, 2012 at the Lutheran Church of Peace, Platteville. Rev. Jeff Pedersen will officiate. Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery, Platteville. Friends may call from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, November 9, 2012 at the Melby-Bendorf Funeral Home & Crematory, Platteville, or from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church on Saturday. Memorials may be made to the Audrey Ann Izzard Memorial Fu

Audrey Ann Izzard was born on February 1, 1934 in Park Falls, Wisconsin, to Ervin and Audrey (Meye) Stuempges. She went to school in Park Falls and moved to Milwaukee after finishing school. While living and working in Milwaukee she met the love of her life, John “Jack” Izzard. On April 7, 1956 Audrey and Jack were married. They lived in Milwaukee for a short time and then moved to Racine until 1966. Jack then took a promotion, and the family moved to Lake Mills, Iowa. While in Lake Mills, Audrey operated Audrey’s Upholstery Shop. In 1976 Audrey and Jack decided to own their own business and moved to Mayville, WI and started a partnership in a NAPA store there. Watching the business grow, they decided to sell their share of the Mayville store in 1977 and bought and owned the NAPA store in Platteville. Audrey and Jack retired in February and March of 1998 respectively. Audrey had many interests, enjoying her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. She started family genealogy in the early 1960’s, collecting hob nail milk glass and coins. She enjoyed quilting, gardening, and traveling. Enjoying trips to Florida and Texas to escape the winters of Wisconsin. Their travels took them to all but three states, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska. Audrey and Jack were especially fond of camping and fishing, most recently at River of Lakes in Bagley, Wisconsin.

Audrey is survived by her three children, John (Cindy) Izzard of Indianapolis, Indiana; Susan (Bruce) Gray of Iron Mountain, Michigan; David (Toni) Izzard of Platteville, Wisconsin; 8 grandchildren, Amy (Ron) Nagle of Lafayette, IN; Mindy (Victor) Neilson of Nashville, TN; Brian (Emily) Metke of Mauston, WI; Brooke (Eric) Frehse of Wausauke, WI; Steven Gray and Jennelle Gray of Iron Mountain, MI; Ben Izzard and Hilary Izzard of Platteville, WI; 3 great-grandchildren, Robert Neilson, Makayla and Blake Nagle; 3 brothers, Ervin (Darlene) of Wales, WI; Leonard (Lois) of Park Falls, WI; and Kenneth of Shell Knob, MO; along with cousins, and many nieces and nephews. Audrey was preceded in death by her parents, Ervin and Audrey Stuempges; her husband and love of her life of 50 years, Jack Izzard; and nephew Craig Stuempges.

Audrey became especially close to Betty Dellabella and Donna Runde, her caregivers during the last months of her life. Also a special thank you to Grant County Hospice and Southwest Health Center Nursing Home for their assistance in giving comfort to Audrey.