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Vi Egan Candee

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Candee, Vi Egan Passed away on October 15, 2011, at her home in Campbellsport, Wisconsin, with her family at her side. Vi was born October 18, 1924 in Milwaukee, WI, to Dr. William J. Egan and Viola Forster Egan. She was younger sister to brothers William and James. Vi Egan graduated from Milwaukee Downer Seminary in 1942. She attended Connecticut College, New York University and Parsons School of Design. On November 26, 1945 she married Richard A. Candee at Holy Rosary Church in Milwaukee. They had nine children Kenneth, Lomira, WI; Richard Jr. "Nick" (Dr. Linda Brown) Boston, MA; William "Bo", Fond du Lac, WI; Rees (Suzanne Lee Wright) Scottsdale, AZ; Michael, Kenosha, WI; Mary (Jeff Weigel) San Antonio, TX; Susan, Boulder, CO; Kathleen (Janet Koester) Chilton, WI; Christopher (Sally), Campbellsport, WI. She has 16 grandchildren and two great- grandchildren. Vi is further survived by many great friends. Vi and Richard and their growing family lived in Milwaukee, moving to Florida in the mid 1950s and moving back to Milwaukee a few years later. The family settled in Campbellsport in the early 1960s. Vi knitted beautiful Norwegian sweaters with each sweater a work of art. She loved gardening on any terrain. She loved her roses when they cooperated and was patient with them when they did not. She felt the same about her offspring. She was a wonderful cook and the perfect hostess. She instilled the importance of education in her family. Vi loved tennis, swimming, hunting, good music, literature, and sporting dogs. She was never without a convertible automobile. She was able to enjoy foreign travel and was fluent in French and was working at mastery of Spanish. In addition to raising her children she did volunteer work. She was the comptroller of Bills Sporting Goods, Lomira, from 1969 to 1972. She began managing Bills Sporting Goods full time in 1975, retiring in 1998. She continued to enjoy life, family and friends always with an open door at her home. Vi was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers and her former husband. There will be a memorial mass held on Thursday, October 20, at 6 PM in St. Matthews Catholic Church, Campbellsport. Visitation to be at the church from 3 to 5:45 PM. Memorials in lieu of flowers are suggested to the or the Friends of Kettle Moraine.
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Oct. 18, 2011
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