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Anita Shrago of Madison, WI passed away from pancreatic cancer on Thursday, July 25,2013 at home surrounded by her loving family. Anita was born and raised in Sioux Falls,SD graduating from Washington High. She moved to Chicago,IL and attended and graduated from nursing school at Michael Reese Hospital where she met and married Earl Shrago MD. In the nine years they lived in Chicago, the city she loved and remembered fondly, they developed lifelong friendships and started their family. Earl's career led them to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. There they raised four children. Though being a full time mom she worked intermittently as a nurse in senior care and in alcohol rehab. She and Earl enjoyed traveling, particularly the year Earl's work took the family to London, England. Anita's passion for wildlife and the beauty of the countryside guided her to Gays Mills WI where she built her dream cabin. She especially loved the variety of bird life that came to her numerous feeders.
She is survived by her husband Earl Shrago; daughter, Kimberly Busch of Elburn, IL and her children: Max, Lucas and Hannah; son Ross Shrago of Madison WI; daughter, Devon (Giampi) Merlino of Palermo, Sicily and their children: Peter and Gabriel; daughter, Sam (Dave) Koenig of Mt. Horeb, WI and their children: Lauren, Maggie, Kristen and Jack.
There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The International Crane Foundation (Savingcranes.org) or Agrace HospiceCare, Inc.
The family would like to extend special thanks to Joanne, Danielle and Rebecca for their outstanding care.
The Ellestad Camacho Funeral Home, 500 N 8th St., Mt. Horeb, WI is serving the family. www.ellestadfuneralhome.com
Published in The Argus Leader on Aug. 4, 2013