Elaine V. Coleman, 98, of Watertown and formerly of Jefferson, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at Marquardt Health Center of Watertown.
Elaine was born on Sept. 22, 1919, in Milwaukee, the daughter of Carl and Myrtle (Hake) Johnson. She grew up in the Jefferson area. The Hakes were early settlers in the area and Elaine was proud of her heritage. Elaine was blessed with a long life and was excited to be a part of five different five-generation groups in her family. She was a follower of Christ and her faith was of the utmost importance. She was a member of Immanuel Methodist Church of Jefferson and later transferred her membership to Christ United Methodist of Watertown. She was a quiet lady who loved to be in her home and enjoyed animals. She was a talented baker and cook and loved sharing (and eating) her famous pickles — she even drank the juice! She is described as “the best mother.” She was loved deeply by her family and will be missed.
She is survived by her children Patricia Stolarczyk of Watertown, Robert Hall of Eau Claire, Sylvia (DonAllan) Starke of Okauchee and Kristi Hall of Watertown; 17 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; and the last of the “Hake” clan, cousin Betty Lien of Sun Prairie. She is also survived by a number of other relatives.
She was preceded in death by her parents; daughters Pamela Lederer and Mary Toth, and her sister Carol Moore.
A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, at Marquardt Village Chapel with the Rev. Ray Bezanson presiding. Visitation will be on Wednesday from noon until the time of service at the chapel. She will be laid to rest at Rock River Cemetery of Jefferson.
Olsen-Gibson Funeral Home is caring for the family. To place an online condolence, visit www.olsen-gibson.com.
Olsen-Gibson Funeral Home
221 S. Center Ave. Jefferson