Elizabeth Hottensen "Bookie" Slugg
1925 - 2021
January 20, 1925
February 19, 2021
Elizabeth "Bookie" Hottensen Slugg

Mequon - Elizabeth ("Bookie") Hottensen Slugg, 96, died peacefully on February 19, 2021 at her home in Mequon, Wisconsin. Born January 20, 1925, her 96-year lifetime spanned through several wars, and profound changes in societal and social norms. Throughout her life she adapted, thrived on change, and affected almost everyone with her capacity for unconditional love and empathy. She is survived by her four children—Dorothy Hottensen, Brooklyn; Robert Hottensen Jr, Aiken, SC; William, ("Sandy"), Milwaukee; and Judy Hottensen, New York. She had nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. Both her husbands predeceased her. Robert Hottensen, Sr. died in 1970, and Hugh Slugg died in 2009.

Bookie grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and was the daughter of Edmund Shea, a prominent Milwaukee attorney and Dorothy Thigpen, a southerner with roots in Alabama and Charleston. Her parents' courtship was the subject of Mingled Souls, a book written by her sister, Sheila Harvey Tanzer. In the book, Tanzer captured the love and drama connected with the marriage of Edmund, a Harvard law school student from Ashland, Wisconsin who was introduced to Dorothy by his Montgomery- born Law school roommate while on vacation in Alabama. Following Edmund's service in WWI, the Sheas married, and took up residence at "White Woods" in Fox Point, their longtime residence where Bookie grew up with her three siblings, Charles Shea (deceased 1998), Sheila, Hanover NH; and Wendy Randall, Milwaukee. Bookie, a graduate of Downer Seminary and Northwestern University, remained close to her parents and siblings throughout her lifetime.

Her marriage to Robert Hottensen ("Hotts") in 1948 brought together two different backgrounds. While Bookie was influenced by her southern roots, Robert graduated from Riverside High School in Shorewood, prior to graduating from Amherst College. Hotts's parents died before Bookie and Hotts met. Their children were raised in Fox Point, near Bookie's childhood residence, where she found her passion in gardening.

Following Hotts's death, Bookie married Hugh Slugg in 1972. Over the course of her life, Bookie was a member of The Town Club, The Milwaukee Country Club, The Green Tree Garden Club, Collector's Corner, The Antiquarian Society, The Women's Club of Milwaukee, and The Colonial Dames. In college, she was Northwestern University's Homecoming Queen in her senior year and was a member of Delta Gamma Sorority.

A lifelong Catholic and a longtime member of both St Eugene's and St. Monica's, her faith was extremely important throughout her life and clearly accounted for her resilience and capacity for love in her daily life. Bookie's life will be celebrated in June with a mass at St Monica's church in Whitefish Bay followed by a reception for family and friends with details to follow. She will be buried in a private ceremony Thursday February 25 at Holy Cross cemetery.

Throughout her life Bookie was an enthusiastic gardener, a love which she shared with her mother Dorothy. She was a life-long member of The Milwaukee Green Tree Garden Club. The family requests that donations and remembrances be directed to the Green Tree Garden Club. For more information: www.greentreegardenclub.com

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Published by Milwaukee Journal Sentinel from Feb. 20 to Feb. 28, 2021.
PRIVATE -- Holy Cross cemetery
Funeral services provided by:
Feerick Funeral Home - Shorewood
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Thoughts and prayers to the family for your loss. Fond memories of Bookie and Hotts and Hugh. She was always so kind. God Bless
John and Holly Moebius - Vail, CO
March 2, 2021
She was so lovely.
Darcey Steinke
February 27, 2021
PA and Mark
February 27, 2021
Mrs Bookie, I’m going to miss you so much , i already do, it was a joy to see your smile every morning, when I came to see you , u touch my heart in so many ways, and u taught me how to be more kinder in every way, u will always hold a special bond an place in my heart, I Love you Bookie I know your loved ones were there with open arms to greet you!
Tanya Robinson
February 25, 2021
Bookie was a bright presence during my years at the Town Club and while living in Fox Point. Always interested in the details of whatever was going on for me at the time and interesting to chat with about most everything. We stayed in touch and, recently, she generously donated to the charity I run in Toronto. Bookie truly lived her faith and did so joyfully.
Mary Ladky
February 25, 2021
Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time. Bookie was a wonderful person and will be missed!
Nancy & Bill Carpenter
February 24, 2021
I have amazing memories or playing in the pool at Bookie's house when I was a child. She and Hugh were good friends with my grandparents, Theola and Bob Scanlon. She was always so kind and gracious and we always looked forward to spending time with her. Sending love and heartfelt sympathy from all of the Regan and Scanlon Clan.
Erin Hennen
February 24, 2021
Bookie was beautiful, both inside and out. She was unfailingly gracious and kind. What a remarkable life.
Connie Browne Grogan
February 23, 2021
I was Bookies hairdresser I love her and will miss her I'm so sport for your loss she was a wonderful lady and always had a great attitude Im a better person because of her
Peggy brunner
February 21, 2021