Jennifer Harris Badertscher
1958 - 2013
Jennifer Harris Badertscher, 55, a multi-talented and spirited person who grew up in Kenosha, died Feb. 1, 2013, at Horizon Inpatient in Mequon, following a battle with cancer that lasted more then three years.
She was born in Carthage, Ill., on Jan. 16, 1958, and moved with her family to Kenosha in 1962. She attended Forest Park Elementary, Lance Middle School, and graduated from Tremper High School with honors. She then attended Carthage College for two years and later graduated from UW-Madison with a degree in international business with a proficiency in French.
Her personality was well-established while she was in Kindergarten. Her teacher
, who sent a note home to her parents wrote: Jennifer is a delightful little girl. She knows when to terminate the humor and settle down. Three boys have learned to tie their own shoes now, so she is released from this job. They decided they didnt want a girl doing it.
Jennifer, who liked being called Jeni, began her professional career as business manager for Upstairs-Downstairs Restaurants and Catering, Inc. in Madison. She later moved to the Milwaukee area where she was employed as marketing and purchasing director for Boldt Egg Products Co. in Muskego. It was there that she met co-worker Roy Badertscher whom she married on Sept. 23, 1989. They had two children, Nicholas and Melissa, now both enrolled in college, one at UW-Stout and the other at UW-Milwaukee.
She later attended Carroll University and obtained necessary credentials as an elementary school teacher. She became a teacher with the New Berlin School district for more than 15 years. She was very popular and often wore special costumes to illustrate various incidents and stories. Meanwhile, she and her family were active members of Bethel Lutheran Church in Muskego and later at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in West Allis. They also attended Fox River Christian Church in Waukesha and enjoyed the friendship and fellowship of members and, as she said, the best neighbors in the world.
A few years ago Jennifer, Roy and their children, moved to rural Waukesha County where she was particularly happy with a large vegetable garden and numerous flowers and plantings. She also enjoyed the many wild animals in the area and managed to tame a couple of chipmunks. She was an excellent rosemaler, illustrator and seamstress. The latter talent was used to create many funny and creative characters which were displayed in her home and shared with friends. She was also an avid reader and particularly enjoyed mystery stories. Her cooking was excellent and her parties were memorable.
Jennifer is survived by her parents, Mae and Jack Harris of Kenosha; her husband, Roy and her children, Nicolas and Melissa. Other survivors include her sister, Jolie (Glen) Prasser of Cincinnati, Oh.; her brother, Scott (Rosalinda Meza-Harris) of Lutz, Fla.; her niece, Kelly Prasser of Boston, Mass.; and nephew, Ryan Prasser of Cincinnati. She is also survived by other relatives and friends.
Memorials if desired may be made to the Froedtert Lutheran Cancer Center or Horizon Inpatient Hospice.
A memorial visitation at the funeral home is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. A time of Remembrance and Sharing will follow. (Heritage Funeral Homes, New Berlin Chapel 16880 W. National Ave. 262-901-1140 www.heritagefuneral.com