Edith Hazel Behrens Warner, 90, of Chetek, Wis., passed away on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at Mayo Clinic Health System – Northland in Barron, Wis.
Ede was born in Greenwood, Wis., on Feb. 26, 1929, the youngest of 13 children, to Alexander and Agnes Haglund Behrens. She attended the one-room Hemlock Elementary, then the Greenwood schools, where she was active in cheerleading and Art Club. Ede graduated from Greenwood High School in 1947, and the next fall, she married her high school sweetheart, Harold (Dick) Warner. Dick and Ede enjoyed 67 years of marriage before he passed away in 2015.
Dick and Ede moved to Chetek in 1952, where their family and joy continued to grow. They raised five rambunctious sons and two piano-playing daughters. Ede was a homemaker her whole life, enjoying time with her children and her grandchildren. She enjoyed spending time and cooking for her large family, good times at the family cabin at Bear Lake in Loretta, Wis., and traveling on family trips all across the U.S., with her husband and a variety of kids in tow! In her later years, she enjoyed watching her grandchildren grow and thrive, and she enjoyed long country drives with her husband on their way to the casino.
Ede is survived by her seven children, Dr. Dick (June), of Montana City, Mont., Donn, of Chetek, Bill (Cindy), of Menomonie, Wis., Mark (LynAnn), of Chetek, David (Renee), of Georgetown, Texas, Mary (Greg) Johnson, of Chetek, and Kristin, of Madison, Wis. To carry on her legacy are her eight grandchildren, Derek, Ed, Laura, Jeff, Ben, Meredith, Kalyn and Kendyl; and her great-grandchildren, Caleb, Seth, Cora, Josiah, Foster, Casey, Mila, Jack, Charlie, Jade, Tyler and Warner.
Ede was preceded in death by her husband, Dick; her parents, Agnes and Alexander Behrens; and 12 older siblings, Adeline, Ed, Louis, Irma, Karl, Lillian, Lucille, Mildred, Eileen, Lee, Harry and Bill.
Ede entertained many with her wit and sense of humor. She will be remembered as a loving wife and grandmother, an amazing mom and a good friend to all.
A celebration of Ede’s life will be held at a later date.