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Madeline Slamka

Madeline Carol Slamka (Kercheck)

Friday, November 13th, 1931 - Thursday, August 20th, 2020
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Madeline Carol Slamka (nee Kercheck)

Age 88, passed peacefully, on August 20, surrounded by the love of family. Wife of Robert John. Mother of Kathleen (Al Gassenhuber), Maryanne Dunne, Anne (William Morris), Suzanne (Douglas) Staniszewski, Robert Louis (Patricia Jahnke), Karl (JoAnn) and Louis (Danielle). Preceded in death by children Terra and Joseph and parents Robert and Catherine. Grandmother of Alexis, Rebekah, Kevin, Stephen, Evan, Kendra, Kyle, Brooklynne, Megan, Judith and Dylan. Great-grandmother of Madison, Xander and Ian.

Mom was a strong believer in education, taking classes as she could, graduating from Alverno College and achieving her dream of teaching primary school.

She raised a bit of hell in her time, fighting for the then-radical idea of dad to be present and offer support for the births of their children. She was also a long-time member of La Leche League, at a time when breastfeeding was not encouraged. She taught her children to work for social justice and to never stop working for your dream.

She loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, sharing with them her love of gardening, fishing and camping. She made amazing scratch apple pies, pizza, Mexican Wedding Cakes, and anything with yeast dough. She will be remembered for the huge kettles of oatmeal with raisins that fed 11 mouths every morning!

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Bethany Birkett

Posted at 12:46pm
Please accept my sincere condolences during this time of loss.
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Jean, Diane, Gary & Kathy Kercheck

Posted at 05:55pm
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Kevin

Posted at 01:25pm
I remember driving to Wisconsin with Grandma and Grandpa probably in 2001 or 2002. Becky Steve and I were in the backseat causing a heck of trouble and I remember Grandpa getting mad because we were causing a distraction.I remember no matter how wild we got grandma always kept her cool with us and was very kind and loving. It's a long drive from Colorado to Wisconsin I even remember it being nerve-wracking but it was always sweet to remember Grandma never got upset or frustrated.
Love you Grandma , rest well
God bless you
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Maxine Farmer

Posted at 11:54am
Our family was honored to have Madeline as part of our family. She raised a wonderful family and would be proud to know that her strong beliefs were passed down to generations! When I was a single mother her and Bob treated my daughter as if she were their grandchild and I will always be grateful for that. They continued to show that kindness and love to our whole family. How lucky we all were to witness her smile and benefit from her gracious help and love. She will be greatly missed each and every day! Love Maxine, Bob, and family!
 
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Jodeen Hosmanek Posted at 10:40pm

I didn't know Madeline, but what a great obituary.
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