VERONA-Lucy J. Kaker, age 57, of Verona, WI, passed away Sunday, November 12, 2017, at home from triple-negative breast cancer (diagnosed 2012; metastasized to other organs 2015). The youngest of four children born to John and Loretta "Leddie" (Rommelfaenger) Abromaitis, Lucy entered this world on June 6, 1960 in Sheboygan, WI. Her birth date led to an extra-special golden birthday six years later when she turned 6 on the 6th day of the 6th month in 1966.
A 1978 graduate of Sheboygan South High School, Lucy started her career in Word Processing at Kohler Company. She retired from that profession on January 1, 2015 after working at Suby, Von Haden & Associates/SVA in Madison, WI, for over 32 years. Lucy married the love of her life, Kurt Kaker, on May 8, 1982 at St. Peter Claver Catholic Church in Sheboygan.
Lucy always said she was born to be a housewife, and she took great pride and pleasure in that role along with being a wonderful, loving mother. Her family, and caring for them, meant the world to her. Lucy treasured her life-long friendships and always made a point of keeping in touch, long before Facebook made it commonplace. Wherever she went, Lucy brought great joy, oftentimes in the form of homemade sugar cookies, caramel corn or holiday treats. Many friends, neighbors and organizations were on the receiving end of her endless generosity. She enjoyed reading, taking walks and sewing, and truly delighted in knitting and crocheting. Lucy's memory will live on in the countless handmade items she lovingly made and gave as gifts.
Lucy is survived by her devoted husband of 35 years, Kurt, and her beloved children of whom she was so very proud: Kristina (Trent) Maher of Waunakee, WI, and Alex (Jenna) Kaker of Philadelphia, PA. She is further survived by her sister, Jane Abromaitis of Sheboygan; brother, Allen (Beth) Abromaitis of Oak Creek; mother-in-law, Lorraine DeBlaey of Sheboygan; sister-in-law, Karen (Joseph) Lawrence of Sheboygan; brother-in-law, Gary Kaker of Sheboygan; nieces; nephews; other relatives and many dear friends. Lucy was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Mark Abromaitis.
Please join us for a joyful remembrance of Lucy from 12-3:00 PM on Saturday, November 18, 2017 at the Cress Center, 6021 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53705. This will be a very casual gathering; dress comfortably.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Iowa County Humane Society (ICHS). A cat-lover her entire life, ICHS held a special place in Lucy's heart. Memorial donations sent to ICHS, 305 County Road YZ, Dodgeville, WI 53533 or made online at www.ichs.net/help-ichs/donations/ would be very much appreciated.
The family wishes to extend its sincerest thanks to Dr. Wisinski and the many nurses in the chemotherapy infusion area of UW Carbone Cancer Center, and Lucy's extraordinary care team at Agrace HospiceCare. Lucy always felt extra-special and well cared for because of their incredibly kind, gentle and compassionate ways.
6021 University Ave.
Madison, WI 53705
"I shall pass through this world but once.
If therefore, there be any kindness I can show
or any good thing I can do,
let me do it now.
Let me not defer it or neglect it,
for I shall not pass this way again."
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