Ferderbar, Helen Died peacefully on October 18. Cherished wife and best friend of Thomas Ferderbar, adored mom of Pamela Ferderbar, beloved Aunt of Colleen (Mike) Anderson, Melanie (Brad) Bekos, Kevin (Luz) and Kyle Roach. Helen was a cherished "second mom" to Chad (Nolene) Bruss, caring Great Aunt to Lauren, Tyler, Elliot, Ava, Carly, Jack, Bella, Luis, Dustin and Cielo. Recipient of much joy from great-nephew Liam. Preceded in death by dearly beloved sister Marta. Will be deeply missed by many relatives and friends, but held a special place in her heart for cribbage co-conspirators and besties Gladys Bullis and Lenore Prussack, and her perennial hardcore road trip golf companions Marie Slagle, Bette Olsen, Dorothy Rayeske and Shirley Wolf who passed away earlier this year. Helen was a woman of great strength, humor, intellect and wit. The only woman in the 1948 Marquette University School of Business graduating class, Helen was a genuine trailblazer. Helen served the Catholic Home and School Association in the 1960s and 70s, and was husband Tom's business partner in Ferderbar Studios for more than 40 years. An avid and skilled golfer, Helen was deeply committed to the spirit of the game, serving in numerous offices including president of the Wisconsin Women's Public Links Association (currently WWSGA). Helen was ladies club champ many times over at Tumblebrook Country Club (Western Lakes) and Whitnall Park. In addition to playing in tournaments statewide, Helen founded and co-chaired the annual WWSGA Two Lady Best Ball Tournament at Reedsburg Country Club for many years. A brilliant Scrabble player, voracious reader, wicked card player and enthusiastic traveler, Helen was happiest when laughing with family, playing with her dogs Zuzu and Alfie and walking up 18 as the sun set. A special thank-you to Helen's niece Colleen who oversaw Helen's care in her final days with great compassion and love. A Celebration of Life will be scheduled in early January. Memorials suggested to Age Related Macular Degeneration Research at the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute, 8701 Watertown Plank Rd., Milwaukee, 53226 "To describe my mother would be to write about a hurricane in its perfect power. Or the climbing, falling colors of a rainbow." Maya Angelou
Published in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Oct. 23, 2016.