Edna Marie Schara

Edna Marie Schara

Waunakee WI – Edna Marie (Michels) Schara, age 98, passed away peacefully in her sleep on November 3rd, 2014.

She spent this last year of her long precious life at The Artisan Assistant Living & Memory Care facility in Middleton WI, along with the helpful care of Hospice. Our family is extremely grateful for their kindness in keeping her comfortable to the end.

Edna was born September 3rd, 1916, to Martin and Sarah (Schwarz) Michels in West Point WI, where she was raised and lived on the family farm with her two brothers and one sister until she was united in marriage to her loving husband Fred “Doc” Schara. On June 3rd, 1944, they began their life together and raised two daughters, Janette and Jane in Madison WI.

Before Edna was married, she was employed at St. Mary’s Hospital, where she was a Switch Board Operator and worked in the Mary Jane Shop. After starting her family, she worked many jobs: Wisco Hardware, Lumberman’s, Gaylord Catering, and cleaning houses to name a few. She was an active member of St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church and Elementary School, serving on the Altar Society, baking fruit cakes, Friday night bingos, Country Fairs, and many other school and church functions and was the school Librarian for many years.

Edna loved to cook, including canning and baking. She was very skilled in making tiered cakes for weddings, anniversaries, and many other occasions and she enjoyed hosting luncheons and dinner parties. She was a sharp card player, which she loved to play with both family and friends, and she and Doc spent a lot of time with the “Coffee Gang” whom they met and were great friends with for many years. She was an avid reader, enjoyed gardening and she made beautiful quilts. Most of all she loved being with and was very proud of her family. Her great-grandchildren were the light of her life.

Edna leaves behind her two daughters, Janette Hermanson of Waunakee WI, Jane Kuronen (Veikko) of Kitchener Ontario Canada. Four granddaughters, Michelle Hermanson Fischer (Arthur) of Columbus WI; Jane Andrashie (Tony) of Fountain Hills AZ; Kaarina Losey (Tom) of Brantford Ontario Canada; and Kristina Kuronen of Kitchener Ontario Canada. Five beloved great-grandchildren, Anastasia Kuronen-Shoemaker (Jordan); Abbigail and Bryce Andrashie; and Sean and Laurel Losey. One sister-in-law, Arlene Michels of Lodi WI, and many nieces, nephews and special friends that all adored her.

She was preceded in death by Doc, her devoted husband of 48 years; infant daughter, Joann; her parents, Martin and Sarah Michels; two brothers, Clarence and Paul Michels; one sister Elizabeth “Betty” Mack; three brother-in-laws, Werner Mack, Charlie Schara, John Schara; five sister-in-laws, Helen Michels, Leonora Schara, Sister Callista Schara, Sister Georgiana Schara, and Virgiana Schara.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at St. Mary of the Lake Catholic Church, 5460 Mary Lake Road, Westport, with Msgr. James Gunn officiating. Visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass on Saturday at the church. Burial will follow at St. Mary of the Lake Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Mary of the Lake Church or the charity of your choice.

“…that with the sun’s Love, in the spring becomes the Rose.”

To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com

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