Doris Mary (Marking) Stellmacher, age 83, of Madison died suddenly on October 30, 2012 peacefully surrounded by her loving family.
Doris was born September 14, 1929, in Madison, WI, the daughter of Joseph and Rose (Nonn) Marking. She attended Blessed Sacrament School and graduated from West High School in 1947, and was proud to be a native Madisonian. She married Duane Stellmacher, her best friend and the love of her life, on April 14, 1951 at Blessed Sacrament Church, and together they shared 43 wonderful years of marriage. The special joy of Doris and Duane's life was the arrival of their daughters Mary, Linda, and Patti. There was lots of fun and laughter in their home. They enjoyed being involved in all of the girl's activities, and they also took pride in all of their accomplishments. As all seven grandchildren were born, they each found a place in Grandpa and Grandma Peachy's hearts. Their pre-school years, school plays, field trips, and sporting events were highlights in Doris and Duane's lives. Doris also enjoyed volunteering and taking treats to their classrooms for many years. Fourth generation pictures have been taken with Doris' four great-grandchildren. She has been a pen pal of the 4th and 5th graders of the Blessed Sacrament School since 1996.
Doris worked in the insurance field her entire professional career, spanning 30 years. She was an Executive Secretary/Administrative Assistant at Rural Insurance Companies from 1970, until she retired in 1992. Writing was her avocation. She was headline editor for West High's Hi-Times. She was editor of the Orchard Ridge Grapevine, and also did publicity for many organizations over the years. She was published twice in the Los Angeles Times, with photos.
Doris loved the challenge of a good Scrabble game and enjoyed beautiful flowers and gardening. Grandma Peachy loved to cook and bake was expected to bring her poppy seed bread to every family gathering.
She enjoyed with her family and friends plays, musicals, and boat trips coordinated by Theater Bus. Doris and Duane loved to travel and they both treasured the beauty of nature. They visited many of the National Parks throughout the United States, and have been in all states, with the exception of Alaska. A trip to Europe in 1984 and visiting Hawaii twice were also highlights of their travels.
Doris' faith was an integral part of her life. She was a member of St. Maria Goretti Parish for 42 years, a small Christian Community group, and the Carefree Years Steering Committee. She was also a member of the Madison Catholic Women's Club, the Selection Committee of Theatre Bus, and the Middleton Senior Center's "Books R Us" Club. She has met many wonderful people and cherished her special friendships through these organizations over the years.
Doris was blessed to be a 36 year survivor of breast cancer. She has mentored and shown kindness to many women who also faced breast cancer. She has been active in the Waunakee American Cancer Society Relay for Life.
She is survived by her three daughters, Mary (Don) O'Connor of Waunakee, Linda (Dave) Knoche of Middleton and Patricia (Pat Bergen) Richardson of Verona, 7 grandchildren, Andrew and Kimberly O'Connor; Staci (Brian) Balousek, Brian (Carla) Knoche and Angela Knoche; Jack and Nick Richardson; 2 step-grandchildren, Katie and John Bergen; 4 great-grandchildren, Austin and Mason Balousek and Brayden and Grace Knoche, 3 nieces, 3 nephews, many cousins and close friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Duane in 1994 and her brother, Jim Marking.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11a.m. on Saturday, November 3, 2012, at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, 5313 Flad Avenue, Madison, with Father Chad presiding. Burial will follow at Forrest Hill Cemetery, Madison. Visitation will be Saturday morning from 9am until Mass begins.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society Waunakee Relay for Life, Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM), Theater Bus Madison, St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church, and Agrace HospiceCare.
Following Doris' tradition, please do an act of kindness for someone each week, and when you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours. Mom was a friendly, outgoing, generous person who embraced life to its fullest, sharing the joys of life with her family and friends.
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