Beatrice M. (Bea) Zuelzke, 101, passed away on Dec. 20, 2018.
Following her graduation from Mauston High School, Bea attended both Stevens Point and Milwaukee Teachers’ Colleges, which are now part of the University of Wisconsin. Bea spent her career in office work, including becoming the first secretary to serve the 82nd Street School in Milwaukee, where she remained for 10 years. She also served as school secretary at the Range Line School in Mequon for 10 years.
Bea had many interests and enjoyed reading, singing, dancing, swimming, playing basketball, traveling, gardening, bicycling, baking, cooking and especially volunteering in Milwaukee, Menomonee Falls, Germantown, and Mauston. After her husband’s death, Bea returned to Mauston and volunteered at Hess Memorial Hospital in Mauston for about 20 years.
Bea was a past member of Beta Sigma Phi (Chi Chapter), and a long time member of the Mauston Order of the Eastern Star.
As a proud graduate of Mauston High School, “four happy years”, which were so important to her. Bea demonstrated her commitment to the education of young people by endowing a scholarship in memory of her dear friend, Robert W. Kruschke. This scholarship, established in 2005, is among the largest given annually at Mauston High School to assist graduates with their post-high school education. It was Bea’s wish to have this gift remain anonymous until her death. Thus, the self-perpetuating Robert W. Kruschke Memorial Scholarship will enable worthy students to pursue their dream of education. In addition to the scholarship, Bea also made an anonymous gift to Mauston’s Hatch Public Library in memory of Kruschke, enabling the library to purchase materials for the hearing and vision-impaired. Both gifts will stand as inspirational legacy to Bea’s strong dedication to education and to her community.
After 911, she insisted on visiting her niece in New York so she could volunteer with the serving of food for the firemen and volunteers working at Ground Zero.
Bea was a loving wife for 51 years of Ed C. (Eddie, Edwin) Zuelzke, who preceded her in death on Feb. 16, 1993. Also preceding her in death were her parents, Anna (Basta) and Ernest Schulz; sister, Marian (Byron) McKewin, New Lisbon; brothers, Raymond/Bud (Dorothy) Schulz, Mauston/Colfax, and Karl (Margaret Ann) Schulz, Elroy; nephew, Bruce (Sandy) Schulz, Waterford; step-mother, Aetha Lyons Schulz; and step-brothers Jack Lyons and George (Cuff) Lyons.
Surviving her are her nieces, Cherie Ann (Bill) McKewin Baker, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sandy Robison Schulz (wife of the late Bruce Schulz), Nancee (Terry) Schulz Nichols, Colfax, Karla (Joe) Schulz Mancuso, New York, New York, Mary Jo (Charles) McKewin Nelson, Green Bay, Colleen Schulz (the late Michael) Liebman, New York, New York; step-grandchildren, Mark Zuelzke, Los Angeles, California, Bonnie (Gary) Gill, West Allis, Sandy (Rich) Berres, Muskego; and other dear relatives and friends.
Funeral service was held on Dec. 29, 2018. Officiating was Pastor Blake Overlein of Emanuel UMC, Baraboo.
Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, Shriner’s Hospital for Children, the American Cancer Society, the Robert W. Kruschke Memorial Scholarship at Mauston High School, Mauston, the Hatch Public Library, Mauston, or the charity of your choice.