Eunice A. Conroy
Former Elkhorn, WI resident Eunice A. Conroy passed away peacefully in her sleep April 6th 2014, at Ministry Door County Skilled Nursing Facility in Sturgeon Bay, WI.
Eunice was born November 21, 1921 in Marion, IL to James O. and Edna (Provinski) Luster. James worked for Mendota State Hospital and Edna was a registered nurse until Eunice was born. Eunice spent her early life in Madison, WI living in houses that her father built on Luster Avenue, a street named after her father. Her summers were spent working in the family store, tending the vegetable garden or playing on the hospital grounds. Eunice was especially fond of Governors Island and the cinder paved roads.
Eunice received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a degree in Dental Hygiene from Marquette University. Eunice joined the US Navy in 1943 and rose to the rank of Ensign serving as a dental hygienist at the US Naval Air Station Seattle, WA.
After the war she moved to Chicago and lived with her aunt Irma Bowden above Irma's Lincoln Park art gallery. During the day Eunice worked at Marshal Fields as a clerk in the glove department. Her evenings were spent reading and taking art classes. That is where she met her future husband, Robert W. Conroy. Robert always said the only reason he took an art class was to meet girls. It obviously worked, as they were married November 21, 1950 in Madison, WI and lived for many years in Elkhorn, WI where she was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church.
Eunice was the unwavering foundation of our family. She came from a time when people read newspapers, books, and did crossword puzzles. She was smart, articulate, well read, progressive in her beliefs, and had a wonderful sense of humor. She was patient to the core, a quality not lost and tested time and again while raising two boys. Despite her love of travel, the majority of her life was spent in Wisconsin. However, she found great joy in encouraging and watching her sons and grandchildren venture out and explore the world.
She is preceded in death by her husband and is survived by her sons James (Bernadette) and Patrick (Emmy) Conroy, her grandchildren, Sarah Conroy, Adam Wojtas, Benjamin Conroy, Cristina Conroy and Timothy Conroy. Eunice was extremely proud of her sons and grandchildren, and encouraged them all to continue their education. Also preceding her in death was her beloved furry companion, Brando. She was a good cook, but said it was all because she had a good stove. Eunice will be especially missed by her special friend Clyde.
The Conroy family wishes to extend a sincere thank you to the staff at Door County Memorial Hospital Skilled Nursing Facility for their outstanding and loving care of Eunice. They were like her family when we couldn't be there. On-line condolences may be offered at www.forbesfuneralhom.com
Published in Door County Advocate on Apr. 9, 2014