Marilyn Habeck

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Habeck, Marilyn E.

A bright and shining star has fallen. Marilyn Evelyn (Stremer) Habeck, Madison, passed peacefully at her home of 33 years, attended by her husband and children, at sunrise on Thursday, June 21, 2012. Born August 5, 1945, Marilyn was a rare person who brought joy into the lives of all who met her. She was a wife for 44 years, a mother for 38 years, teacher for 33 years and a mentor to all who met her. She found a love of education at St. Anthony's School, Athens High School, the University of Wisconsin Stout, culminating in a Master's Degree from the UW-Madison. She received numerous honors including being a Badger Girl's State Officer, Prom Court, Class Officer, and she graduated with high honors and distinction from both Stout and Madison. Her love of education lead Marilyn to a 37 year teaching and mentoring career. She taught for two years beginning at Colfax High School. In 1969, she accepted a position at Monona Grove High School and began a 31 year tenure there, interrupted only by one year when she joined her husband who was stationed by the U.S. Army in the Panama Canal Zone. Marilyn imparted her love of education onto her students and fellow teachers, and was driven by their reciprocal love, energy and professionalism. She was a department chair and initiated and developed Monona Grove's School-to-Work program for Health Occupations. She also established a Monona Grove chapter of the Health Occupations Students of America. Her HOSA students won numerous awards and competitions at the State and National level. She was proud to have been instrumental in establishing other HOSA chapters in Wisconsin. Her teaching skills, dedication and expertise were recognized on numerous occasions, including being named in 1990 as an inaugural fellow of the Senator Herb Kohl Educational Foundation; in 1990 as Wisconsin HOSA Advisor of the Year; and being named a National HOSA Merit Honoree in 1989, 1993 and 2000.

Following retirement in 2000, she began a second part-time career as a mentor for new teachers. She was honored to be able to pass on her 33 years of teaching experience and expertise to young teachers particularly with respect to student behavioral issues. She was also a sage mentor to her family and friends and was most proud of helping her children to advance degrees and professional and personal success. As education was an important part of her life, she was extremely proud that all of her nieces and nephews earned college educations. She had a special bond with all of her Stremer cousins and with all of her nieces and nephews. Marilyn battled a rare form of ovarian cancer. During her two year fight she showed her great strength and nobility, and never failed to worry about those around her instead of herself. Marilyn enjoyed greatly the family retreat at Lake Tomahawk, annual family vacations to ocean beaches, trips with her husband to Las Vegas and Hawaii, and the excitement of many Badger games and bowl trips. She enjoyed antique collecting, her glass collection and using her sewing expertise. She is survived by John Habeck, her husband of 44 years and friend and love of 56 years; her daughter, Jaclyn Ness (David) and her son, Daniel Habeck (Dr. Carolyn Turcott); grandchildren, Dashel, Esme, Everly and Bode Habeck and Callyn Ness; brothers, Roger (Sandra) Stremer, David (June) Stremer, and Mark (Annette) Stremer; brother-in-law, Richard (Lynn) Habeck; sister-in-law, Jayne Habeck Goldamer; and great-aunt, Carmen Ripple. Marilyn was preceded in death by her parents, Edmund "Lefty" and Evelyn Stremer; and her in-laws, Ervin and Gerry Habeck.

Join our family in a Celebration of Marilyn's Life. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 5101 Schofield Street, Monona, at 11:30 a.m. onTuesday, June 26, 2012, with Father Bart Timmerman presiding. A memorial luncheon will immediately follow at the church. A private family burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on Monday, June 25, 2012, and also at the church from 10:30 a.m. until the time of Mass on Tuesday. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gilda's Club-Madison, St. Mary's Hospital or Independent Living, Inc.

The family is appreciative of the first-class treatment, support and comfort from the staff at Wildwood Clinic, U.W. Carbone Cancer Care Center, Dean Oncology Clinic and 5SW of St. Mary's Hospital. Special thanks to Doctors Michael Frontiera, Laurel Rice and Sheryl Spitzer Resnick whose guidance allowed Marilyn the extra time necessary to meet and hold her 4th and 5th grandchildren. Special thanks to Father Bart Timmerman and Tessa Sawchuk and Father Roy Witucki for their spiritual support and guidance. Her precious smile and love for all will be greatly missed but not forgotten.

Gunderson East

Funeral & Cremation


5203 Monona Drive

(608) 221-5420

Published in the Wausau Daily Herald on June 24, 2012
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